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Karrin Taylor Robson supporter Chris Christie calls Kari Lake ‘an actress’

Jul 27, 2022, 12:26 PM | Updated: 12:27 pm

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake...

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake. (AP Photos)

(AP Photos)

PHOENIX – Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is backing Karrin Taylor Robson in Arizona’s upcoming Republican primary, called Kari Lake “an actress” who isn’t qualified to be governor.

“She’s running to be an actress acting as governor, because the things that she’s saying and doing are not consistent with who she’s been,” Christie told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Wednesday, less than a week before Tuesday’s primary election.

The former Republican presidential candidate took shots at Lake, who has been the polling leader throughout the race, for her previous support of Barack Obama and questioned her allegiance to Donald Trump, who endorsed the former TV news anchor.

Christie ran against Trump and others for the 2016 presidential nomination before dropping out of the race and supporting the eventual winner. Christie said he and Trump don’t speak these days because of differences over the 2020 election results.

“I said so publicly that actually there’s no evidence the election was stolen,” he said. “And when I said that, the president cut me off and doesn’t talk to me anymore because I told the truth publicly, rather than to continue to repeat the falsehood that the election was stolen.”

Unlike Christie, Lake has loudly and proudly amplified Trump’s election fraud claims.

According to Christie, Lake “thinks that this is some kind of acting job, and it’s not. Being governor, I can tell you firsthand, it’s hard work.

“And it’s not something where you can pretend to be something else. Because when you do, people find you out.”

Christie said he’s known Taylor Robson for more than 10 years and thinks “she’ll make a very, very good governor.”

He said Taylor Robson, who has pumped more than $15 million of her own money into the race, should “lay it all out there.”

“You’ve got to let people know who you are, what you believe about yourself, the future of your state,” he said. “And you also have to let them know what you believe about your opponent, and why you think you’re the better choice.”

Christie said Taylor Robson has picked up ground by focusing on the “significant” differences between her and Lake.

“And I think the voters have focused on that more,” he said. “And once they have, this race has gotten as close as it is right now, and I think the momentum is in Karrin’s favor.”

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Karrin Taylor Robson supporter Chris Christie calls Kari Lake ‘an actress’