Christie suggests Pruitt may not 'survive' D.C. apartment controversy

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speculated that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt may be the next cabinet official pushed out of the administration.

'Listen, I don't know how you survive this one,' Christie said on ABC's This Week. 

On Thursday, ABC News reported on a sweetheart rental deal in Washington Pruitt was getting for an apartment co-owned by an energy lobbyist's wife.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who at one point was in charge of President Trump's transition, speculated that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may not be able to survive a controversy surrounding a sweetheart apartment deal 

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who at one point was in charge of President 's transition, speculated that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may not be able to survive a controversy surrounding a sweetheart apartment deal 

Pruitt was only paying $50 a night to stay in the apartment, in a neighborhood adjacent to the U.S. Capitol complex where comparable rentals were on the market for $5,000 a month. 

Pruitt paid $6,100 to use the property for more than six months, giving money to a limited liability corporation for the condo co-owned by Vicki Hart. 

Hart's husband J. Steven Hart is the chairman of Williams & Jensen, a top D.C. lobbying firm. 

A description of his duties on the firm's website lists 'energy' as one of his issue areas.   

A spokesperson for Pruitt initially said the EPA administrator was only renting out one bedroom in the apartment, not the full unit. 

'While transitioning in Washington, Administrator Pruitt signed a lease to rent a bedroom in a condo and he moved out at the end of July,' spokesman Jahan Wilcox said. 

'As EPA career ethics officials stated in a memo, Administrator Pruitt’s housing arrangement for both himself and family was not a gift and the lease was consistent with federal ethics regulations,' Wilcox added in a second statement on Friday.

On Saturday, ABC News reported that Pruitt's daughter McKenna used a second bedroom in the unit during a stint in Washington for a White House internship. 

A woman who identified herself as McKenna's mother told ABC on the phone that her daughter lived in Oklahoma last year. 

When asked where she resided during her White House internship, the woman told ABC, 'She has nothing to do with my husband's administration.' 

She then hung up.  

Vicki Hart told the network that 'the rental agreement was with Scott Pruitt.' 

'If other people were using the bedroom or the living quarters, I was never told, and I never gave him permission to do

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