In a weekend interview with CNN, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said former President Donald Trump needs to “tell the truth” about the 2020 election. He also said Republicans need to move past claims of voter fraud if they want to build on electoral wins.
“We can no longer talk about the past and the past elections – no matter where you stand on that issue, no matter where you stand, it is over,” Christie said. “People want us to be direct with them. They want someone to fight for them. But they want them to fight in a way that doesn’t hurt their ears.”
Christie also said he thought Trump could be a “very positive force for Republican candidates” in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections as long as he starts focusing on the future.
The former governor spoke with CNN following a Las Vegas event where he addressed attendees at the Republican Jewish Coalition conference. The Coalition’s website listed noteworthy GOP names at the three-day event like former Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Christie had previously fallen out of step with Trump in the past on Trump’s claims of vast voter fraud. In December, Christie called for Trump and other GOP members to “accept defeat” following “no evidence” of electoral fraud.
Christie reiterated his stance in September, once again encouraging Republicans to move past 2020. “We need to renounce the conspiracy theorists and the truth deniers. The ones who know better and the ones who are just plain nuts,” he said at an event at the Ronald Reagan Library. “We need to give our supporters facts that will help them put all those fantasies to rest.”
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