Donald Trump indicted: Christie says DeSantis extradition vow shows authenticity issue

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Donald Trump indicted: Christie says DeSantis extradition vow shows authenticity issue

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie mocked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for vowing that his state would not cooperate with an extradition request for former President Donald Trump after he was indicted in Manhattan this week.

Neither Christie nor DeSantis has announced their bids in the 2024 GOP presidential primary, though Christie has said he will make a decision before summer. In the meantime, Christie has been taking more pointed aim at his potential 2024 rivals, especially Trump and DeSantis, who tweeted Thursday after a Manhattan grand jury approved the charges that Florida would “not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue.”

DONALD TRUMP INDICTED: DESANTIS SAYS FLORIDA ‘WILL NOT ASSIST IN AN EXTRADITION REQUEST’

“I think it’s interesting that someone says they’re going to refuse to extradite someone who’s not asking,” Christie said on ABC’s This Week. “I mean, Trump and his lawyers are negotiating a voluntary surrender, which is what they should do. It’s the responsible thing to do. And Ron DeSantis comes out and says, ‘I won’t extradite him.’ Well, who the hell asked you?”

“The governor has no role, has no role in this, particularly when the defendant doesn’t want him to have a role in it, right?” he continued. “So, like, the defendant’s not being asked to be defended, but he’s jumping to his defense because he knows it’s a no-cost position on the substance.”

Attorneys for Trump, who became a Florida resident after leaving the White House in 2021, have said he intends to turn himself in on Tuesday.

“Stylistically, people want to know that you’re authentic and they want to know that what you say is what you believe,” Christie explained. “So I think that’s the bigger problem for DeSantis is, you know, everybody look at that and goes, ‘Yeah, right.'”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat who has refused to prosecute a number of offenses since taking office last January, indicted Trump Thursday on charges related to hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. The indictment marks the first time a former U.S. president has been criminally charged.

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Christie said earlier in the program that he took issue with the indictment itself, explaining that it caused him to question Bragg’s judgment as a prosecutor.

“With Alvin Bragg, a elected prosecutor, Democrat, I wonder whether this is really increasing the public safety of the people of Manhattan by going after a seven-year-old charge for a hush money payment,” he said. “Unlike the European system where they say there’s a crime you must charge it. Here prosecutors are allowed to use their discretion that, ‘I don’t think this is an appropriate use of my resources.'”

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