Chris Christie: I wouldn't have commuted Roger Stone sentence

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that he wouldn’t have commuted President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? Has Trump beaten the system? Trump is on the ballot whether his name is there or not MORE.

ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote MORE asked Christie, who sat on the roundtable panel for “This Week,” whether commuting Stone’s sentence was “the right thing to do.”

“Well, I wouldn’t have done it, George, because I don’t think that the facts that surround the Stone prosecution support the idea of any type of clemency,” the former governor said.

Christie acknowledged that the president “has the right to do it” but maintained that “I wouldn’t have done it.”

Trump commuted Stone’s sentence of three years and four months on Friday after Stone, his former campaign adviser in the 2016 election, was convicted of several crimes, including witness tampering and lying to Congress. Stone’s sentence was supposed to start on Tuesday.

Trump has held that Stone’s conviction was a political witch hunt, and Stone has openly asked for clemency from the president.

Stone is one of six of the president’s associates who were charged during former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s Russia investigation. The probe concluded that the 2016 Trump campaign was open to Russia’s election interference, but there was not enough evidence to charge the campaign with conspiring with Russia.

Mueller reacted to the commutation by defending the charging of Stone saying he “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”

Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Penn.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (R-Utah) are the only Republican senators to criticize the president for the commutation, prompting backlash from Trump over Twitter.