Christie: 'We're done with soaring rhetoric'
January 28th, 2011
08:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Christie: 'We're done with soaring rhetoric'

Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared to set his sights on President Obama Thursday night at a dinner sponsored by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, saying, "We're done with soaring rhetoric."

The Republican governor with a tough-guy reputation never mentioned the president by name but added, "Soaring rhetoric feels good for a little while, but if there's no follow-through, all that's left is the same problems except bigger because we put them off."

Christie's comments were reported by the National Journal.

But Christie, who has quickly become a rising star in the GOP, directed fire at "demagoguery" on both sides of the isle.

"Both parties have within them members who are afraid to step out and afraid to tell the truth because they've seen the demagoguery of the past and what happened to people who got in way of that demagoguery," he said. "It usually was not positive for political future.

Christie, who has drawn praise in conservative circles for his willingness to call for austere budget cuts in New Jersey, added Americans need to accept the idea that "the party is over."

"When you're in this deep a hole, of course you stop digging, but the other part is you need to climb out. And it's always hard, and often not pleasant."


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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Florida Joe

    What a joke he is...Cut the budget, down with Govt intrusion into State affairs....Run out of $$ for snow removal and go hat in hand to the Govt......Cut the tax rates for the rich while cutting benefits for the poor........Pathetic

    January 28, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    "When you're in this deep a hole, of course you stop digging, but the other part is you need to climb out. And it's always hard, and often not pleasant."

    What are these cons complaining about now? Remember "starve the beast" and "trickle down" economics got us into this hole.

    The latest reporting shows that incoming revenue from taxes for 2011 is the same as it was in 1950.

    So, you have "taken back your country", right back to the middle of the nineteenth century.

    Too bad, you are so out of touch with the needs of the 21st century in which the rest of us live.

    You cannot solve this centuriy's problems with last century's income levels.

    P.S. Where are those JOBS the 1 trillion dollar deficit was supposed to bring to those of us without one?

    January 28, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Sid

    If were done with outrage rhetoric, why don,t you quit like your pal Palin did! Talk,Talk,Talk-You can,t walk the walk!!!!!!! Obama, 7 more years. You Republicans keep talking and promising! The next election will be a shoe-in for us Dems!

    January 28, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. cecilia

    we had 8 years of The Decider, shootin from the hip fools. Why dont you back up, sit down and shut up and try to understand what the President is saying to you.

    January 28, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Ben Ben

    and we are tired of the lies of YOUR party Gov

    January 28, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. IndependentDude

    I'm left of center on a lot of issues. But Christie is one man I respect. He's walked the walk and talked the talk. Not that I like what he did but he did not do it for political capital. He did it because he felt it was right knowing it would not win him many friends.

    January 28, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Oy Vey Az

    What a whiner ... His state's money woes are huge ... maybe if he used some soaring rhetoric it might make him feel better ... it's really evident that happy isn't something this guy wants. This guy is just another whinny politician with his head in the wrong place. Welcome to your early morning cup of bile.

    January 28, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. JustSaying2U..

    It is amazing that the citizens of NJ has elected such a classless, tasteless and pathetic individual for it's governor.

    January 28, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Gary

    No follow-through? Whatever "tough guy".

    January 28, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Realistic

    The governor on NJ is becoming a parasite in the political discourse. He should stop talking and start working on the sad affairs of NJ. Now, everytime I try to read the news on the web or turn on the TV, there he is, yapping about the other side and blah blah blah. Enjoy tough guy, do us all a favor now, go away because you are becoming an annoyance now and we the people need a break from you.

    January 28, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Seattle Sue

    We are done with rhetoric said Christie. But I'm going to continue with the rhetoric because that's all I have. What a leader!

    January 28, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. Dnick47

    Is there any end to the GOP'ers BS?!? Under eight pitful years of Republican misrule all we got was scare warning (red alert, red alert...) high talking rehortic based on fanatasy and open vile lies... look to your own party governor and clean up the lies and liars there

    January 28, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. sara

    hey Tough Guy...then tell the Republicans that NOW are in Control of Congress to get to stepping on Cutting the DEFICIT and Stop "pussy footing around" instead of Talking about how high it is after they squandered the Surplus!

    January 28, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Sgt Joe

    Where has he been? Seems to me that Obama has done most of what he campaigned for. Just because it doesn't fit this guy's agenda doesn't mean it didn't happen. The deficit....still no one, including him, has offered how we dig our way out of the two-wars debt created 10 years ago. I guess creating that debt did not come with a price tag? Certainly not one that any president can "dig out of" in even one full term. Welcome to reality, Christie. Talking w/big stick is not more effective than the so-called "lofty rhetoric". Seems to me Bush had plenty of "big stick" sound bites as well.

    January 28, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. tstorm

    Christie should know all about "soaring rhetoric". We had to deal with it for 8 years of the Bush-Cheney administration! What a blow hard.!

    January 28, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. maine liberal

    lets return to the Bushism days...

    January 28, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Kevin Cantu

    Good lets start with Social Security, Medicare and the Department of Defense.

    January 28, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. John - NJ

    Christie should talk! He is a big screw up. The state has it's own fiscal problems but the first thing he does in office is got give the wealthy a big tax cut. The second thing he does is to lose 400 million dollars for education by not following the rules for the grants resulting in not qualifying. Then he goes ahead and cuts the tunnel project, laying off workers, which would bring more revenue into NJ.
    I repeat my words, SCREW UP!

    January 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. Williplantsman

    I think what he meant to say was, "We're done with Roaring Rhetoric!". At least, I am. Results are what matter. Look what happened when the Republicans were in control. Now that we're turning the corner on cleaning up their mess, they just want to shout down anyone who doesn't fall in line. Fear-mongering, inability to accept blame for what they did to our country, they're just a bunch of whiners and control-freaks.

    January 28, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Janet Walsh

    I live in NJ. Our governor calls for "shared sacrifice" and budget cuts, yet he has twice as many people on his staff earning over $100,000 year than the previous governors. He also ditched the "millionaire's tax" and his administration's sloppy clerical work cost our state a huge federal grant for education.On the other hand, he has declared war on teachers and the middle class. Apparently we don't all have to share the sacrifice – his waistline shows that!

    January 28, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Terry

    Christie is a buffoon, a bully and a liar.

    January 28, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. rockysfan

    This from the blowhard that makes a big deal about how he "broke the unions". NEWS FLASH – The courts broke the unions because the corrupt state of New Jersey and not paid pensions for the union employees for 13 YEARS. The court decided that would bankrupt the state and dissovled the unions. Thanks to Christ and his ilk, those employees now have nothing for retirement. GOOD JOB GOV! Glad you DO NOT represent my state. Piece of work you are!

    January 28, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Tom C in NY

    The Party is over? What party? People pay taxes in many forms and expect good government in return? When will Bullyboy Christie aknowledge the role that his own party, the GOp, and the Bush White House that he served as loyal Karl Role approved "Bushie" played in collapsing the economy, causing crises for states, including the state of New Jersey?

    January 28, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Will be watching

    We need to pay attention to what these "party over" critics say because Gov. Christie is desperately asking the Federal Government for money to help his state deal with snow removal and out of the other side of his mouth says government needs to cut spending. I am tired of politicians, especially Republicans, getting people all riled up with emotionally charged rhetoric which they themselves don't believe or follow.

    January 28, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. DaveVB

    I have no doubt whatsoever that Chris Christie's going to be president someday. When you start to follow his quotes and think back on Ronald Reagan and the quotes you've heard of his, this guys the real deal. After the State of the Union I found myself feeling like "come on we've been hearing Mr. Obama say these things for almost five years! Enough already" and as far as a second term is concerned: "Fool me once shame on you.....fool me twice shame on me".

    January 28, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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