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Chris Christie on EPA chief scandal: 'I don't know how you survive this one'

Chris Christie on ABC News

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 lobbyist J. Steven Hart, ABC News reported Friday. Whether the rental will be officially deemed an "improper gift" from the lobbyist remains to be seen, but former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) suggested Sunday he doesn't see Pruitt hanging on to his job.

"This was a brutally unprofessional [presidential] transition. This was a transition that didn't vet people for this type of judgment issues," Christie said on ABC's This Week. "If Mr. Pruitt’s going to go, it’s because he never should've been there in the first place," he argued. "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."

Christie's comments on Pruitt came at the end of a broader conversation about Trump administration staff turnover, the Russia investigation, and more. Watch a clip of his remarks below. Bonnie Kristian