Chris Christie criticizes the Trump campaign's legal approach as 'an absurdity'

By John L. Dorman

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump's legal team, calling their approach to overturn the election results "an absurdity."

During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," the Republican questioned the efforts of Republicans who are contesting the election results and President-elect Joe Biden's win without providing concrete evidence of widespread fraud in court.

"Listen, the legal theory put forward by his legal team and by the president is an absurdity," Christie said. "The reason why the Supreme Court didn't take it is because it's an absurd idea to think that any state, or any number of states, no matter how good they are, can challenge another state's right to run the election as they see fit. And also there's no evidence."

In an unsigned order issued on December 11, the Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton due to lack of standing. In addition to Paxton, 17 state attorneys general and 126 Congressional Republicans had signed an amicus brief backing the lawsuit.

Host Martha Raddatz asked Christie how the Republican Party would move forward.

"People are going to have to stand up and start to say these things," he said, "I mean, you know, the fact is in Georgia, and people should know this, that signature verification, which the president continues to tweet about, has been done twice in this election," Christie said.

The former governor is referring to Trump's debunked claims that ballot signatures were not verified by election officials in Georgia, a state where he lost to Biden by a little over 12,000 votes. The president has maintained that he won the state, despite the recertified results officiating Biden's win.

Christie added: "The reason the Supreme Court is not taking this is not because of a lack of courage. It's for the same reason that every court has thrown this out. It's a lack of evidence and a lack of any type of legal theory that makes any sense."