Christie calls Trump legal team ‘a national embarrassment,’ says the election is over

Posted Nov 22, 2020

Former Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that the election was over and President Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden.

Christie, a strong supporter of the president, said Trump has yet to provide any evidence of fraud that would put the outcome of the election in doubt.

“As much as I’m a strong Republican and I love my party, it’s the country that has to come first,” Christie said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“If you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it,” Christie said. “Quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”

Christie said despite the numerous claims of fraud, not one of Trump’s lawyers actually has made that argument before a judge.

“Notice they won’t do it inside the courtroom,” Christie said. “They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but inside the courtroom, they don’t plead fraud and they don’t argue fraud.”

That only can lead to one conclusion, Christie said.

“We cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen,” Christie said. “You have an obligation to present the evidence.

“If you’re unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist,” he said.

That didn’t stop Trump from making new unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud on Sunday.

“We will find massive numbers of fraudulent ballots,” he tweeted. “Fight hard Republicans.”

Christie’s running mate, former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, also said the election was over and Biden had won.

“Allowing President Trump to continue his campaign to undermine this election while denying President-elect Biden access to critical intelligence on the pandemic and national security, while Republicans sit on their hands, is not only cowardly and shameless but it poses a risk to the health and safety of our citizens,” she wrote in an opinion piece published Sunday on

“The time has come for all of us to stand up and demand that Trump ‘make that call’ and cooperate with the incoming Biden administration to allow a seamless transition of power as the framers of our Constitution intended. The election is over. Time to move on.”

New Jersey’s Republican House members haven’t heeded that call.

“It is the president’s — and any candidate’s right — to exhaust all legal avenues to ensure that all legal ballots are properly counted and any fraud in the election process is exposed,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th Dist.

“The four years of resistance to President Trump’s election in 2016 deepened divisions in our nation, and without definitive confirmation of the 2020 election results, those divisions will only worsen. Assuring voters of a valid election result is worth the time it will take.”

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd Dist., did not respond to requests for comment.

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