Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday blasted prosecutors for bringing charges against Kyle Rittenhouse, claiming that they were acting on the “whims of the public.”
Christie, a former prosecutor, argued that it was clear that the evidence didn’t warrant the charges against Rittenhouse, 18, for fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“Those charges should never have been brought. And, you know, prosecutors are not supposed to give in to the whims of the public,” Christie said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“They’re not supposed to give in — give in to public opinion. You’re supposed to dispassionately look at the facts and the evidence and decide whether they support charges.”
Christie added that it was apparent from footage of the fatal evening that the shootings were an “act of self-defense.”
“And I’m glad to see that the jury sat there, not affected by public pressure, but sat and listened to the evidence and made the decision that they did,” he said.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, was acquitted Friday on all charges in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber 26, as well as for injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, on Aug. 25, 2020.
He had been facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of intentional homicide.