Chris Christie slams Trump for baseless election ‘fraud’ claims

Though the former governor of New Jersey is a known Trump ally, even he's criticizing the president's latest actions

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Possibly outgoing President Trump has drawn criticism throughout his presidency over his words and actions, but now it’s coming from those who have shown support for him in the past. On Tuesday night, Trump declared he won the election despite millions of votes that have yet to be counted. While on the air doing election coverage for ABC News last night, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey says the president made a “bad strategic decision,” as recounted by People.

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“There’s just no basis to make that argument tonight. There just isn’t,” Christie said.  “All these votes have to be counted that are in now. Tonight, this was not the time to make this argument.”

Christie, who is a Republican, says he was speaking as a former U.S. attorney in regards to Trump’s allegations, though he has worked with the president in the past and was even one of his advisors for the presidential debates.

Host George Stephanopoulos pushed back on Christie’s comments, saying Trump was “preparing the battlefield.”

“I disagree with what he did tonight,” said Christie.“There comes a point where you have to let the process play itself out before you judge it to have been flawed. And I think by prematurely doing things – if there is a flaw in it later, he has undercut his own credibility in calling attention to that flaw.”

President Trump Holds A News Conference In White House Briefing Room
: Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump is preparing for the first presidential debate with former Vice President and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden on September 29th in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Christie, the governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018 endorsed Trump in 2016. He told ABC anchors that considering Trump’s position, his comments were off-base.

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 “It’s a bad political decision, and it’s not the kind of decision you would expect someone to make tonight who holds the position he holds.”

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