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Politics Chris Christie skeptical EPA chief can "survive" controversy

17:51  02 april  2018
17:51  02 april  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Christie claimed that Pruitt should never have been leading the EPA in the first place.Speaking on ABC's "This Week", Christie , who suffered a series of his own personal ethics blunders while serving as New Jersey's governor, claimed that Pruitt's issues stem from being the wrong man for the job.

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during an event Nov. 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Pruitt addressed The Federalist Society's 2017 National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel.: scott pruitt epa © Getty scott pruitt epa

Former governor and Trump ally Chris Christie is questioning how long EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has left in the Trump administration after weekend reports exposed possible ethics violations. Christie's comments come after it was revealed Pruitt rented a condo in D.C. from an energy lobbyist for just $50 a day. 

Speaking on ABC's "This Week", Christie, who suffered a series of his own personal ethics blunders while serving as New Jersey's governor, claimed that Pruitt's issues stem from being the wrong man for the job. 

"The president's been ill-served by this, and if Mr. Pruitt's going to go, it's because he should have never been there in the first place," said Christie. He added that the Trump transition was "brutally unprofessional" from the very beginning. 

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Chris Christie skeptical EPA chief can “ survive ” controversy . Former governor and Trump ally Chris Christie is questioning how long EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has left in the Trump administration after weekend reports exposed possible ethics violations.

When in Washington, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt rents a room in a townhouse co-owned by Vicki Hart, the wife of top energy Gov. Chris Christie : "I don't know how you survive this one, and if he has to go, it's because he never should have been there in the first place

"This was a transition that didn't vet people for this type of judgment issues, which I think could have been seen very easily in a lot of these people," he added.

When asked if Pruitt needs to resign, Christie replied, "I don't know how you survive this one."

Pruitt rented a bedroom in a Capitol Hill condo from the wife of a Washington lobbyist for $50 a day from mid-February through the end of July in 2017, CBS News confirmed. Pruitt's daughter also lived in the condo while she was interning at the White House. Pruitt's landlord was Vicki Hart, the wife of Steven Hart, a Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a number of fossil fuel companies. 

The deal required Pruitt only to pay the nightly rate when he stayed there, and he was not charged for nights when he slept elsewhere. Pruitt traveled regularly, often returning to Oklahoma on the weekends.  

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Christie claimed that Pruitt should never have been leading the EPA in the first place. Former governor and Trump ally Chris Christie is questioning how long EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has left in the Trump administration after weekend reports exposed possible ethics violations.

Chris Christie speculated Sunday that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt may not survive a brewing scandal over a Washington, D.C., living arrangement and blamed a "brutally unprofessional" presidential transition for setting the stage for this and other ethics issues.

Pruitt has also been scrutinized for his travel. A work trip to Italy last year cost taxpayers $120,000. Pruitt told CBS News in February that his next flight would likely be coach.

CBS News' Arden Farhi contributed to this report. 

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