Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday accused President Biden of breaking “his own rule” and “lying to the American people” about the new Georgia election law.
Christie was asked about Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta as a result of the legislation on ABC’s “This Week.”
Calling it “a symptom of what’s going on in our country right now,” Christie first defended the bill before turning his ire to the commander-in-chief.
“Joe Biden’s broken his own rule,” the ex-governor remarked, noting it had been 84 days since entering the White House, “Now, he’s lying to the American people, George. He’s lying about this bill. He’s lying to the American people about it to cause the raging fire he said he was going to put out. I’m very disappointed.”
Christie went on to point out that Stacey Abrams, the major voting rights activist who narrowly lost the state’s 2018 gubernatorial race to current Gov. Brian Kemp, had just visited New Jersey to praise its expanded voting access efforts, which actually provides less access than in Georgia.
“Stacey Abrams was in New Jersey, in my state, praising Phil Murphy this week for a voting law where New Jersey early voting is nine days,” he continued after facing considerable pushback from the liberal members of the panel, “Half of what Georgia’s is.”
“Yet she’s on TV in New Jersey — I saw it myself — saying that this is one of the greatest voting expansion bills we’ve ever seen, but this is Jim Crow? I’m sorry, George,” he said, referring to Biden’s comments.
Facing continued negative reaction from the panel, specifically on his lying claim, Christie doubled down, noting the importance of Biden’s falsehoods on the Georgia legislation.
“Listen, here’s what Joe Biden’s got to live with when he wakes up this morning on Easter morning: he is doing exactly what he sat around in the campaign and the transition and accused Donald Trump of doing,” Christie began.
“He is lying to cause racial divisions in this country. That’s what he accused Donald Trump of doing and he’s a liar and a hypocrite this morning.”
The MLB said Friday it was pulling it’s mid-summer classic out of Atlanta to protest the law.
The legislation in question, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp late last month, overhauls election protocols in the Peach State, placing new restrictions on voting by mail and increases legislative control over the voting process.
President Biden initially referred to the bill as “Jim Crow on steroids” the day after its signing, but went even further last Wednesday, saying he would “strongly support” moving the MLB’s mid-summer classic in protest.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden said in an interview with ESPN. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They are leaders.”