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Christie: Arpaio Pardon 'Not One I Would Have Done'

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:13 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday disagreed with President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying the lawmaker doesn't show contrition for being guilty of contempt of court for denying a court order against targeting Latinos for arrest.

"I think the pardon power is extraordinary," Christie told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I have used it. My understanding is that one of the prerequisites sits is contrition for what you were convicted. I didn't see that in Sheriff Arpaio. First off, guilt is required for pardon. I have always been told you need to look for some sense of contrition."

With Arpaio, "it is not one I would have done," said Christie. "It is not one I would do because of the person not seeming contrite for what he was convicted of."

However, Christie said he does disagree with arguments about Trump's fitness for office, even though he does have some disappointments as a Republican.

"I think this discussion of fitness was determined by the American people," said Christie, who became one of Trump's backers after dropping his own race for the presidency last year. "Why does it come up?"

Christie said he does believe Trump is growing into the presidency, but he is disappointed that Republicans "haven't gotten things done."

"We haven't put touchdowns in the end zone," said Christie. "The only real touchdown we have put in the end zone is Justice [Neil] Gorsuch."

But as for key items like tax reform, there are "things that should be done with the Republican congress and Republican president. We have been distracted by other things. We need to get focused on getting that done."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday disagreed with President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying the lawmaker doesn't show contrition for being guilty of contempt of court for denying a court order against targeting Latinos for arrest.
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