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Christie: Republicans claiming election was stolen trying to score 'political points' with those Trump 'lied to'

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieSocially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral Just 10 percent in NJ poll would like to see Christie run for White House in 2024 Christie says he won't defer to Trump in 2024 MORE (R) said Sunday that Republicans who are claiming the election was stolen are trying to score “political points” with those former President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE “lied to.”

Christie, an ABC News commentator, slammed his fellow GOP members who have promoted or not rebuked the unfounded claims that President Biden’s election win was not legitimate, calling the move “shameful.”

“Folks in my party, who are doing that, quite frankly, are just trying to make political points with those people who the president and others lied to about this over the course of the 10 weeks after the election,” he said. “And it’s shameful that they’re doing it.”

The former governor told ABC News’ George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFacebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' Collins 'optimistic' Jan. 6 commission can pass Senate with modifications MORE that he believes the country should prioritize election reform ahead of 2022 to ensure all of the results come out quickly, after the presidential race took days to call, and some congressional races took weeks. 

But he maintained that “this election was not stolen,” adding that “all the facts point in that direction.” 

“The evidence here has shown right from the beginning that while every election has some irregularities, and I’m sure this one did too, there were no type of irregularities that would have changed the results in any one state, let alone the four states that would need to have been changed for the result of the election to have been changed,” Christie said. 

Christie’s comments follow Trump’s repeated false claims in the weeks since Election Day that the election was impacted by widespread voter fraud. 

Several Republican lawmakers have backed Trump’s arguments, with some challenging the Electoral College results on Jan. 6 – even after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building in a deadly riot to disrupt the vote. 

Biden was officially inaugurated last week, ending the Trump presidency.