Christie: Comey 'Would Have Fired Me on the Spot' If I Did What He Did
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said that if his and former FBI Director James Comey’s roles had been reversed in the 2016 election, Comey would have fired him.
Christie, who served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey while Comey ran the FBI, pointed to comments Comey made in recent interviews and in his new book that his decision to reopen the Hillary Clinton email probe just days before voters headed to the polls was based in part on his belief that Clinton would be elected president.
"If I had -- when I worked for Jim, if I had said to him 11 days before an election that I was going to release information that could potentially affect the election, and one of the things that influenced me was polling, he would have fired me. He would have fired me on the spot," Christie said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "And it is really disconcerting to me as a guy who worked with him in form and have defended him on this air and other places over the years to see this interview and what he was saying."
Christie went on to say that Comey is a good person and a good prosecutor, but the "hubris" he showed with those comments was "extraordinary."
"It is exactly what they teach you not to do," Christie said. "But he began to believe his own press clippings. And it’s the biggest danger in public life. And the hubris that he shows in that interview is extraordinary to me. Not the guy that I worked with or worked for. And it’s sad."