Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that Republicans who are claiming the election was stolen are trying to score “political points” with those former President Trump “lied to.”
Christie, an ABC News commentator, slammed his fellow GOP members who have promoted or not rebuked the unfounded claims that President Biden’s election win was not legitimate, calling the move “shameful.”
“Folks in my party, who are doing that, quite frankly, are just trying to make political points with those people who the president and others lied to about this over the course of the 10 weeks after the election,” he said. “And it’s shameful that they’re doing it.”
The former governor told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he believes the country should prioritize election reform ahead of 2022 to ensure all of the results come out quickly, after the presidential race took days to call, and some congressional races took weeks.
But he maintained that “this election was not stolen,” adding that “all the facts point in that direction.”
“The evidence here has shown right from the beginning that while every election has some irregularities, and I’m sure this one did too, there were no type of irregularities that would have changed the results in any one state, let alone the four states that would need to have been changed for the result of the election to have been changed,” Christie said.
Christie’s comments follow Trump’s repeated false claims in the weeks since Election Day that the election was impacted by widespread voter fraud.
Several Republican lawmakers have backed Trump’s arguments, with some challenging the Electoral College results on Jan. 6 – even after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building in a deadly riot to disrupt the vote.
Biden was officially inaugurated last week, ending the Trump presidency.