September 29th, 2010
02:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Christie: Republicans must 'put up or shut up'

Washington (CNN) - The popular Republican governor of a traditionally blue state has a message for GOP candidates: "put up or shut up."

"It's put up or shut up time for the Republican party once we get the opportunity to govern again," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters outside a GOP retreat on Wednesday in Washington. "If the voters do give us that opportunity in November on the federal level, it's time for us to deliver. And it won't be easy."

Christie pulled off an upset victory last year over unpopular Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Since his election, he has drawn national attention for pushing budget cuts through a Democratic state legislature. He's received enough praise that Christie's name is now mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012.

The enthusiastic reception Christie received at a House GOP Conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday won't discourage that perception. After huddling with Republicans before they return to their home districts to campaign, Christie stayed for meetings with Republican officials. He said he advised Republicans running for office to "be yourselves."

"People want to be treated like adults in America," he told CNN. "They don't want to be pandered to anymore. They know we're in really hard times and they know there's going to be sacrifices that are going to be necessary and we've got to tell them that."

Christie has been campaigning with Republican candidates across the country and will continue to do so in the weeks before the mid-term elections.


Filed under: 2010 • Chris Christie • Republicans
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I beg to differ, Govenor Christie in NOT popular in my state. If the election were held tomorrow, he would lose!

    September 29, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. tom

    I would like to post a question that everyone dances around. Why in the world do the GOP think that they have to give money to the richest? If it is for the reason on trickle down, we now know that does not work thanks to G W Bush Where is the logic for this. I wish someone would pin Boeners ears back until that get a DIRECT answer..

    September 29, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Irma in North Carolina

    We dont need any republicans anywhere. All they ever do is say NO and put the president down.

    September 29, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. SayWhat

    Put up what Mr. Christie? The tried and true Republican track record of protecting corporations and the affluent on the backs of the middle class? Leopards don't change their spots, so expect the GOP to be on the outside looking in after Elcetion Day.

    September 29, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. gt

    WOW... some one who knows whats going on......he is %100 right on....government needs to stop the lies ... voters can handel the truth...

    September 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. FM

    . "If the voters do give us that opportunity in November on the federal level, it's time for us to deliver. And it won't be easy."
    So the Republicans know it is not an easy job to deliver! Why are they insisting the current Administration hasn't delivered in a short period they have been in power. Typical hypocrisy.

    September 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. John

    I love this guy. Wish he would dump some weight. I want him to stay healthy.

    September 29, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. diridi

    These GOP thugs are crazy and idiotic....they messed this nation like a hell.....so do not even consider these idiots...God bless the nation, the USA!!!!!

    September 29, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. lforlegend

    They didn't "govern" the last time they had the majority in the WH and Congress. I'm not so sure they'll "govern" in the future. My belief is that they will do what they have always done, and tht's to look out for and enrich the already wealthy. I won't take the chance that they'll do anything different. My vote for the repubs is "NO."

    September 29, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Peter

    The same-old, same-old slogan of lower taxes doesn't sound like sacrifice to me.

    September 29, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    "They know we're in really hard times and they know there's going to be sacrifices that are going to be necessary and we've got to tell them that."

    Okay, Christie, it's going on NOW while the nation slowly builds what President Obama already accomplished. What you are offering is NO MORE than what President Obama has done. Things are getting better NOW without any input from the Republicans.

    The new GOP TREND lately is – LATCH ON TO THE SUCCESSES PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED! You're doing it with Health Care – you will do it with Financial Reform – you will do it with Don't Ask Don't Tell – the war in Iraq – and more!!!

    I know I am smarter than that – the Americans people are smarter than that! And once it is fully realized – the popularity of the NEW GOP with its sidekick Tea Partiers will hit the fan!!!

    This is T'SAH – the Original – and I approve this message!!

    September 29, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. vic, Nashville TN

    May republicans listen to you , but we won’t we have 30 days to re group us we will vote like 2006

    September 29, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    It is time for TEA party to hold sign of HITLER with senator Jim Demint face.

    September 29, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Dean

    To T'SAH and the rest of the Obama supporters here......Where do you live where things are getting better under Obama? Temporary jobs supported by money borrowed from China that your children will have to pay back is not really "getting better". It's like living on your VISA card and passing the bill to your descendents.

    September 29, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Dean

    diridi

    These GOP thugs are crazy and idiotic....they messed this nation like a hell.....so do not even consider these idiots...God bless the nation, the USA!!!!!
    Please read and research the following.....................................
    For those uneducated hateful liberals who think Obama is our savior and continue to blame Bush for our current financial crisis please read the following. I know it may be difficult for you to understand but read it anyway.
    It was Clinton who killed the Glass-Steagall, and it happened under a Democratic president. Barney Frank and his committee, they, they kept propping up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saying everything's fine, everything's fine, everything's good. And it was his job to know everything wasn't fine. And Barney Frank let you down and let us down as well. And so, but I want to say there's blame to go both ways. But I will say, I want to, I maybe keep beating this to death, but I still think anyone in this Congress who voted to add $140 billion to that bill, they should be ashamed of themselves. That is a disgrace. It's a disgrace. This Congress is a disgrace, Democrat and Republican.
    The Financial Modernization Act is better known under the names of its authors Gramm-Leach-Bliley - which, amongst other things:
    • Repeal[ed] the restrictions on banks affiliating with securities firms contained in sections 20 and 32 of the Glass-Steagall Act.
    • Create[d] a new "financial holding company" under section 4 of the Bank Holding Company Act. Such holding company can engage in a statutorily provided list of financial activities, including insurance and securities underwriting and agency activities, merchant banking and insurance company portfolio investment activities. Activities that are "complementary" to financial activities also are authorized. The nonfinancial activities of firms predominantly engaged in financial activities (at least 85% financial) are grandfathered for at least 10 years, with a possibility for a five year extension.
    For those unfamiliar, the Glass-Steagall Act was the 1933 legislation separating the functions of banks, brokerage firms, and insurance companies designed to prevent another crash like what occurred in 1929. Congress has been whittling away at these restrictions since 1980, and finally removed the last vestiges with Gramm-Leach-Bliley in 1999.
    Readers are advised that this bill passed by a vote of 362-57 in the House, and 90-8 in the Senate. As such, it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
    Maybe more important, as it was signed into law on November 12, 1999, despite all the blame disgraceful Democrats and media members have been assigning President Bush during this financial crisis, he had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the legislation that allowed financial institutions to engage in the activities that have led to and caused the current banking and lending meltdown. Clinton and congress are responsible for subprime lending.

    September 29, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    I think they just need to shut up. They have no plans to help middle Americans.

    September 29, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    What chance? Not in Nov. These morons never see the cliff coming

    September 29, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. SAY WHAT!!!

    Let's go with...hmmmm..."Shut Up"...

    September 29, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |