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. lforlegend

    Looks like that oaf knows about "bigger." Where are the jobs in Jersey? How 'bout your "bridge to nowhere?"

    January 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Frankly

    So, instead of soaring rhetoric we can Listen to christie's boring rhetoric.

    January 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. John Jacobson

    This is the same jerk who wants to cut government and now has his hand out for government aid because it snowed so much. Tell him to kiss off

    January 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Dr. Kwame M. Brown

    Ummmm...isn't this soaring rhetoric?

    January 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Steve Olsen

    How about if we all say we are through listening to overweight blowhards who have very low-credibility ratings.

    January 28, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. jim

    so, we should NOT attempt to excell? excuse me, but this country EXISTS because people attempt to excell. if you want to just plod along on a mediocre day to day path then i have two words for you : GET OUT!

    January 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Blake

    The "tough guy"certainly likes to work his mouth. Let's see what results he gets with the unions and entrenched interests in NJ.

    January 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "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.
    ________________________________

    I could definitely see this guy as President.

    January 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Louisiana Man

    The 'party' commenced when his pal, bush, initiated two unprovoked, UNFUNDED, deceitful, wars, UNFUNDED tax cuts for his wealthy pals and UNFUNDED Rx benefits for seniors-

    And if we least forget///////Squandered a BUDGET SURPLUS in eight years////

    So when christy starts slinging his barbs-he best tell his cronies to duck!!!!

    January 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. 30 Years USAF

    Same old story. Always criticizing the President but not coming up with solutions:

    THINK ABOUT IT: If America was in such dire need and our way of life on the way to collapsing due to the debt as you hear on the news every day, wouldn't all these "PATRIOTS" put politics aside and their lavish fundraisers and forget about their political parties/seats and get with our President and work out our problems before they get any worse instead of criticizing him every minute so they can score points and win re-election. Prove that you really care about America the great! Just a thought.

    AF Veteran

    January 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. bcrunner

    Here comes the bully!! Where are the jobs governor??

    January 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. America First, Party Seond

    I live in NJ and all his tough talk and no follow up is not going to get him re-elected here. We have the most educated people across all parties D, R and I. When you lost out $500M to "Race to the Top" grant and didnt make the top 10 states, you first blame it on Obama with some cheap shots. When later it turned out your own administration was at fault, you never man up and offer appology. Until you admit your own mistate which cause us $500M, you are a little man in big fat body.

    January 28, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    hey Tubby. Does the name Ronald "I need my diaper changed mommy" ring a bell when "soaring rhetoric" is mentioned?

    January 28, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. truth

    These Republicans are crazy. Christie, the look-alike brother of Mrs. Piggy needs to be removed from office. The Republicans continues one lie after another and CNN makes sure this propaganda is spread. This is not news this is tabloid gossip.

    January 28, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Sasha

    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."

    Curious. That was exactly my feeling about things from 2000-2008.

    Interesting that only after the GOP loses power is when they suddenly realize that things needs to be done.

    January 28, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. gregg

    Republicans are uniquely qualified to comment on rhetoric, they invented it along with propaganda.

    January 28, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Ransteel

    Why do people mock Obama ability to inspire people? Without inspiration, there's no vision, without vision, we cannot create the new ideas that will create the new technologies for job creation. WE CANNOT FALL INTO AUSTERITY!!!!! We can't just "CUT" our way into balanced budget. American must INVEST WISELY FOR THE LONG TERM, NOT THE QUICK FIX. Gov. Christie lacks the vision to create, he's just look at the money. Obama can see beyond the present reality. Prosperity ALWAYS trumps austerity. We need a leader that can make the right cuts, and the right investments at the same time, and that leader is Barack Obama!

    January 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Steve From NH

    "The party is over" – except of course if you are rich.

    January 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Kwesoe

    What does it mean to be a 'Tough Guy' in american ploitics? The american press has a tendency to elevate insignificant people to status they have not earned. They often refer to some leaders of the third world as 'Strongman', giving them a false sense of themselves that makes them abuse their citizens with impunity. If Christie is a 'Tough Guy' how come his state is still in the same economic situation like the rest of the country. In the end, it's all talk; nothing but talk.

    January 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Woodmont

    Spoken by a true wealthy Republican.

    January 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Jack

    Let's see: The GDP is up, unemployment is going down, the stock market is gioing up, everyone (including millionaires) got a tax cut, etc etc. Hmm. You say there is no follow through? I think you're wrong there Mr. Christie.

    January 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. mfhpr

    Christie, if you're referring to Obama speaking positively about the future and things that can be done to make life better for Americans, all you have to do is take a look inside your own party to know IT is the reason for big talk but no progress. Have you taken the time to review the Party of NO's filibuster record over the past two years? Staggering, huh? The amount of wasted legislation due to their unwillingness to cooperate, especially on policy that is of REP values, is unprecedented. We'll take you seriously when you come to terms with the hypocrisy on the Right and call a spade a spade. That's what you're famous for, right, tough guy???

    January 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. NJ_Bill

    As a proud resident of NJ, I am tired of hearing about our new governor's seething opinions on matters beyond the concern of his state. If you poll my fellow citizens, most of us feel as though Christie is using his position to get attention for a leap to something greater, to establish his political cred, and to "get in the news" as a tough-guy whenever he can (as does Ms. Palin) to keep his name on people's lips. I am still seething about his cancellation of the long-developed trans-Hudson tunnel project because of misty unclear political concerns about "run away" spending that were not documented. He did this to build a reputation for himself – and not out of concern for his citizens. This one decision will impact generations of NJ citizens – for his short term political gain. Personally, I have had enough of this guy.

    January 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    If there ever was a time for America to begin climbing out of the hole of extreme debt, it is now. Gov. Christie is exactly correct. Speeches filled with rhetoric don't do it. Action does. Christie has shown what action looks like. Americans have taken the first step of action in November. The Republican House has stepped forward with action towards climbing out of the hole. Let's watch and see if the Administration has what it takes for taking action on debt or just making speeches about it.

    January 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Whatever

    I also think he will find himself out of office in the next election. He has not cut property taxes which keep rising. WHEN he CUTS property taxes, he will win over more than the GOP!!

    January 28, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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