GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie has taken a clear stance against issuing a pardon to former President Trump, should he win the 2024 election and if Trump is convicted of any crime. During a recent appearance on “The View,” Christie was quick to reject the notion of a pardon, a position that contrasts with fellow GOP candidates Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, who have expressed willingness to pardon Trump.
Christie, drawing on his experience as the former governor of New Jersey, emphasized the importance of personal responsibility in pardon decisions. He questioned whether Trump would ever take responsibility for his actions, stating, “You don’t accept responsibility? Too bad. Go to jail.”
Trump, currently a front-runner in the GOP presidential race, is facing a series of legal challenges, including four criminal indictments encompassing 91 charges. Special counsel Jack Smith’s office is pursuing two of these cases, one related to Trump’s attempts to remain in power post the 2020 election, and another concerning his alleged retention of sensitive government documents.
Christie has consistently held a tough stance on the issue of pardoning Trump, especially in cases like the government documents issue. He expressed to NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo that considering a pardon would be difficult, especially if the allegations in the indictment were proven true and Trump received a fair trial.
His recent comments follow his critique of other GOP candidates, whom he accused of not being truthful about Trump and his legal woes.