Christie: 'We're done with soaring rhetoric'
January 28th, 2011
08:53 AM ET
4 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. The Real Tom Paine

    We're also done with angry bombast from people who do nothing but assign blame. The only thing Mr. Christie knows how to do is attack: he has not had one nice thing to say about the people he supposedly cares about, but he continues to attack, attack, attack. Can anyone recall a single instance when he has praised the people of New Jersey? When his term is up and if he have not brought about the changes he claimed, he will be torn apart.

    Snappy one-liners do well for the base, but he needs to remember that he was elected by a plurality, and if he loses Independents with his arrogance he will be out of a job. Arrogance is already sinking the GOP nationally, and in New Jersey he will be gone without a trace: they like their Republicans moderate and respectful ( in other words, they show their mothers did a good job raising them), and this slob is neither.

    January 28, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Hotdog

    Perhaps no one told this but that's what politics is all about is rhetoric. Unfortunately, some people can articulate better that others. If policticans solved the problems that were created by them instead using them for talking points we would be a lot better as a nation; however, the democrats want to blame the republicans and vice versa instead of working together to solve them.

    January 28, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Indy

    Hard to take anyone serious that back pedals, and bows to Palin like Christie did recently. If you can't stand up and tell the truth about a lighweight like Palin, your words mean very little when it comes to real elected officials. Tough people do not bow down to liars and fear mongers, so his tough talk here is taken with a large grain of salt

    January 28, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Enough if putting the blame on others. Unless you have solutions keep quiet!!!

    January 28, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. John

    A cheap shot, I think.

    January 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Sniffit

    " the same problems except bigger because we put them off."

    Yeah, well, start thinking about who is really to blame for believing we're "exceptional" AS IS and not wanting anything to change.

    January 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. lstro

    Yet another big mouth republican, bla, bla bla. Anyone can complain but, where are the real solutions.

    January 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Stop physically bullying people and your words might go further. Vote this bully out, NJ. Save on the Gov. Food Bill.

    January 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. larry

    I think the governor needs more exercise and less worry about Obama

    January 28, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. inofritzn

    It's funny CNN immediately knew who he was talking about when he said soaring rhetoric. Pretty much sums up the prez.

    January 28, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Jammer

    As opposed to...your anti soaring rhetoric tuff guy? Ok, what IS your PLAN ? Oh and ahh...skip the rhetoric.

    January 28, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Dave

    This guy is the media darling of the moment. Let's remember he has been in office less than one year. In that time he has bungled one major snowstorm (let's see how that plays in his reelection) and the people of New Jersey are getting real tired of him every day. He yaks a lot and is in the news a lot calling a lot of people out but time will tell on this guy. New Jersey has a habit of swallowing dipsticks like him. I know; I am from outside Philadelphia.

    January 28, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Seth in Jacksonville

    So change the rhetoric into action by supporting some of the initiatives being proposed. You have a responsibility to HELP people – it's why you were elected. So do it. Obama is promoting important changes we need to make as a nation, and Republicans are opposed to even the most "no brainer" ideas, because they simply want control of the government again. Look, you guys got us into this mess with 8 years of opportunity to do things right. It's Obama's turn. Support your President.

    January 28, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. The Other Dale

    Sounds like he's talking about the Tea Party or the Republicans rather than Obama. Republicans have got to stop patting themselves on the back and playing games; instead they need to come to the table with Democrats and start working together to get things done. It shouldn't be up to solely the Democrats to do anything to help this country, after all.

    January 28, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. lynn

    The first job a politician has after being elected, is to get reelected. The second job is spend money and get reelected. Mr. Christie is no different, he's just going for another angle to get reelected. Acting like Mr. Tough Guy is his angle.

    January 28, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Dave

    "Tough guy?" Christie doesn't impress me. He's just another loudmouth preaching a failed ideology. His tone doesn't make him any less wrong.

    January 28, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Jason Aprill

    At the end of the fourth paragraph, shouldn't it say, "aisle"?

    January 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. lucy2

    Nah, he's just mad because Obama praised teachers, Christie's favorite (and only) target.

    January 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. davverizon.netey

    he's doing so good in nj , maybe everybody should spend thier vacation in canden ?, why he has not sent in the state police to clean house ? he will run nj to the ground and hope for a gop president to bail them out in the future. but he'll just take a vacation when the heat comes down ,like the x-mas storm.

    January 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. RufusVonDufus

    Obama needs to be called out for exactly what Christie said. Soaring rhetoric is the Obama recipe for all that ails us because the lemmings listen and believe, never questioning. Finally Christie is calling a spade a spade and truthfully telling the American electorate what kind of president they elected. I wish Christie was my governor instead of the two meatballs we have had and now have again.

    January 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Tulsa

    What a moron.
    No, Gov, let's NOT reach for something bigger and greater than ourselves. By all means let's NOT try to be the great "shining city on the hill" that president Reagan elluded to. Let's NOT try and make our government work FOR THE PEOPLE.
    This guy makes me want to hit HIM.
    Me, I will continue to tell MY KIDS that he is wrong. He is not telling the truth and do not let ANYONE tell you what you can and can't do.
    Guys like this make me sick.

    January 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. FM

    I have a question to this "much-know guy": Did you get married without proposing first??? And without being agreed to your proposal?????

    January 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    He is, after all, precisely accurate in his assessment.

    January 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. ART

    This from the governor who ate New Jersey, he needs to start paying back the federal govt for that tunnel to nowhere.

    January 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. LGNY

    "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."

    Excuse me, but the administration has not yet presented their budget. You're firing off prematurely. Let's wait to see that is proposed before accusing him of empty words.

    January 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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