He’s been relatively quiet for quite some time, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) just unleashed some controversial information criticizing a move by President Trump.
Christie said that he would not have pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the governor called the pardon power an “extraordinary power” for an executive of any organization.
“My understanding has always been that one of the prerequisites you look for in giving a pardon is contrition for what you were convicted of,” he said. “I didn’t see that in Sheriff Arpaio.”
When pushed to declare what he would have done, Christie said clearly, “This is not one that I would have done.”
“The fact is, when you’re a president or governor, you have the absolute right to do this,” he said. “This is not one that I would do because of the person not seeming contrite for what he was convicted of,” the former presidential candidate said.
Gov. Christie continued by saying that the power to pardon should be used sparingly. He did say regarding Trump that he “absolutely believes that Arpaio was wrongfully convicted. And believes that he’s doing something that was right and just.
The president pardoned Arpaio last week. He had been convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a federal judge’s order on detaining people suspected of being in the country illegally.
In the White House statement last week, the administration emphasized Arpaio’s service to the nation and relayed that he was a “worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
What do you think about Christie’s willingness to weigh in on this issue? Do you agree or disagree?
Credit: The Hill