New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday dismissed criticism over a tweet Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE sent regarding the shooting death of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago.


“Listen, if people want safer streets, they want police supported, then they should vote for Donald Trump, because that’s what he’ll do,” Christie, who is chairman of the Republican presidential nominee's transition team, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“He’ll appoint an attorney general who will send very clear messages about how law enforcement is to be pursued in this country. And, quite frankly, we have seen the liberal policies in cities like Chicago, like New York and others, have led to increased crime. And … the fact of the matter is we need to have a very clear message. We haven’t had that from the current president, and you’ve seen the violence in his home city of Chicago. This is just another example.”

Trump tweeted Saturday that Wade’s cousin was shot and killed while walking her baby in Chicago.

“Dwayne [sic] Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!" the billionaire tweeted, sparking controversy.

Christie said Sunday that there is too much focus on the “process” instead of the “message.”

“The message is that that type of thing is happening. Let’s focus on what happened. What happened was the murder. The murder of this person pushing a stroller is unacceptable in an American city — to continue to have this level of violence, and the level of violence in Chicago, is unacceptable. That’s what Donald Trump has said, and that’s what he’ll change when he’s president of the United States.”