Former New Jersey governor and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie defended recommending Christopher Wray to lead the FBI to then-President Donald Trump.

Christie said Wray is receiving undue criticism from conservatives for how he has handled himself as FBI director, including in regard to the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, which the bureau has been largely silent about.

“I was one of the people who recommended Christopher Wray to President Trump, and I’m proud to have done so, and I think he’s done a very good job,” Christie said Wednesday on the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.”

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Christopher Wray has been a frequent target from Republicans for what the perceive as a lack of action on the law enforcement’s political bias. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Christie said Wray successfully got rid of “every part” of Comey-era leadership at the bureau, which is when many conservatives claimed the law enforcement agency purportedly became corrupted. Christie also began to defend Wray’s handling of the FBI search warrant that led to the Mar-a-Lago raid but was interrupted by a hard break.

Host Buck Sexton asked why Republican voters would believe Christie could eradicate perceived politicization of the Justice Department and the federal bureaucracy, given how conservatives view the FBI director.

“Chris Wray doesn’t decide who gets prosecuted and who doesn’t — he investigates,” Christie responded, instead blaming the politicization on a long line of Democratic attorneys general including Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Merrick Garland, and Garland’s deputy, Lisa Monaco.

“People get confused about this – the FBI doesn’t decide who gets prosecuted. Many times the FBI doesn’t even decide who gets investigated,” he said.

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