Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday said an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be completed before any action is taken against him.
Christie pointed out that state Attorney General Letitia James has launched a probe into the claims and appointed two lawyers — Joon Kim, a former acting US attorney for the Southern District of New York, and employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark — to assist her with it.
“Let them do the investigation,” Christie said on ABC News’ “This Week,” and if it confirms the claims, “then action will have to be taken.”
Christie said he is following the same advice he counseled after former President Donald Trump faced claims from Democrats.
“I can’t be a hypocrite on this. I sat here for years when Democrats were demanding things of President Trump before investigations were completed and I would say, ‘Wait, we’ve got to let the investigation go forward, let’s hear all the facts and then let’s make a decision,’” he said.
“Well, if I’m going to sit there and say that about Donald Trump, which I did, then I have to say exactly the same thing about Andrew Cuomo if I’m going to be consistent,” he continued.
He said Cuomo should receive the same consideration given to Trump.
“And if I said something different, then we’d just be playing the same polarizing politics we’ve been playing in this country. If it’s right for the Republicans, it’s right for a Democrat, too,” Christie, who was governor of New Jersey until 2018, said.
A number of New York Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have called on the governor to step down amid allegations from seven women.
Cuomo, who has denied any wrongdoing, has vowed not to resign, saying he won’t be removed by “cancel culture.”