Gov. Chris Christie turns up in pages of the new Trump book

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Gov. Chris Christie has turned up in the newly released book about President Donald Trump.

The book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” was released Friday, four days earlier than had been planned.

Trump had tried to halt publication of Michael Wolff's book. The president’s spokesman calls Wolff "a guy who made up a lot of stories to try and sell books."

Wolff writes that Trump would have stayed out of the presidential race if Christie, who was an early candidate, had not gotten entangled in the Bridgegate scandal. The Fort Lee lane closures were found to have been an act of political retribution by Christie’s associates. Two former Christie allies were sentenced to prison.

According to the book, Trump viewed the lane-closing as "just New Jersey hardball."

Wolff writes that it had pained Trump not to make Christie his running mate.

“Fire and Fury” is a top seller online, according to information released by Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. Both sellers stated that the book was No. 1 as of midday Friday, and that they were out of stock.

Amazon says that shipments of the book may take two to four weeks.

Publisher Henry & Holt Company had planned a Jan. 9 release. Trump threatened legal action, demanding that Holt withhold the book. Instead, the publisher moved up the release four days to Friday due to "overwhelming demand."

The book extensively quotes former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Trump has said the book is full of lies.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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