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. Lynda/Minnesota

    "When you're in this deep 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."

    Is this the part where I am supposed begin shaking in my shoes, crawl back into my hovel of fear, and wait for the next GOPer to tell me how and what to think as they help me dig out? Considering the facts of how we got into such a deep hole to begin with, I think I'll take a rain check on the tough talk GOPer rhetoric ...

    January 28, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. telrider

    He needs to shut his mouth and look at what Bush did to this country for eight years. Enough of GOP nonsense.

    January 28, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. jc

    whether you like his agenda or not, the obama administration passed a great deal of legislation aimed at big issue problems. in my opinion, obama has done a poor job selling his accomplishments, so maybe it is time for some soaring rhet.

    January 28, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. finally

    As a lifelong Democrat, I would vote for this guy simply because it looks like he could kick Putin's butt in a steel cage match.

    January 28, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Ric

    We're done w/loud mouthed obnoxious newbie Governors.

    January 28, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. kyle from ohio

    He may have not mention the President by name; because he was talking about all current and past Congressmen and Presidents who have kick the can down the street. But since you have to sell Hype, let just say he hit the president for news sake. Now if he was giving credit for a president that stop kicking the can it would have been on Health Care since 1901 it was kick down the street, It is not the best bill every but which one has been in the past, but now it is on the table to be improved.

    January 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Paul from Phoenix

    This guy speaks the truth more than any other public figure. He rightly acknowledges both sides are full of crap, and both sides are full of empty promises.

    Here's for Christie/Ryan in '12.

    January 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Dan A

    This blowhard ought to talk about tough guy rhetoric-' Christie is " ALL WINDUP AND NO FASTBALL' New Jersey had their heads screwed on backwards when they put this idiot in office !!!!

    January 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. John

    Ummmmm.... I do believe the President can't do it all on his own... Congress? Where is the anger pointed at them?

    January 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. ZedLok

    Ok Gov. Christie: Take your own advice and step up! What would you put on the chopping block?

    January 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. here we go again

    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."

    Sounds like Repubs not Obama!

    January 28, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. sonny chapman

    Any Republican that decries "rhetoric" politics is a damned hypocrite ! They invented wedge issue politics, going back to Tricky-Dick Nixon's "Law & Order","Southern Strategy". Republicans love a wedge issue to detract the sheep while the Corporate wolves devour the unattended lambs.

    January 28, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Joefrom Buffalo

    Chris Christie is going to take a "tough guy" approach to the recession – just like Herbert Hoover did – lay people opff, cut spending and watch the economy get worse and worse.

    January 28, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Christie NON supporter

    Well Christie I guess that should be come up a long time before Obama hit the stage, but that didnt seem to be important at the time. We wuz chazin dem der terrorists that might have nuuucleeear weapons of mass deeestruction.

    January 28, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Critical Thinker

    If the tough governor wants to get tough...he should take on IBM. IBM is building a colossal cloud computing center just outside of Beijing, China. While it might be profitable for IBM stock owners in the short run, IBM is selling out America's business future. First of all, the next future wave of IT is being outsourced to China. Second of all, China (as an enemy)could pull the plug on American businesses which would be catastrophic. Every politician and citizen should be howling against IBM's decision!

    January 28, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Jim

    Then you had better put a sock in your mouth. No one spouts more rhetoric than this guy..

    January 28, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Publius13

    Gee, Gov. Tough Guy. I think we're done with tough guy talk. It sounds good on TV, but afterwards, all we're left with is a big old bully.

    January 28, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Jaywing

    I may agree with Christie on some points, particularly on the economy and hoel we've dug for ourselves (certainly not helped, by the way, from two un-paid for wars started by the lies of the last GOP president), but leaders lead and inspiring others to do their best and go beyond what is thought possible is exactly what Obama is doing. That is what the President of ALL Americans does. And this man Obama inspires better than anyone since JFK. He's my President, and he makes me proud to be an American.

    January 28, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. sammieb51

    Governor Christi needs to take care of his state, I understand they have many problems of their own. If he is vying for smaller govt and less govt interference, why does it matter what Obama says about the SOTU? Did he turn down stimulus money?

    January 28, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. JOhn

    The only time republicans are done with soaring rhetoric is when they are not talking. Rhetoric is all that party has had to offer for the past 10 years. No ideas, no plans, no actuall solutions, just death panels, birth certificates and phoney " less spending" campaigns. No repulican president in the past 30 years has made government smaller, cut spending etc.... yet they continue to run on this over and over and over.... "Fool me once ahh, uhmm, ahhh won't get fooled again."

    January 28, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Cigar Smoker

    Wow! A Baby Boomer who actually gets it. I hope to see you on the National stage someday Gov. Christie.

    January 28, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Richard

    On that same note. Obama shouldl tell him that there will be no federal funds for NJ to dig out from the snow.

    January 28, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. dyinglikeflies

    This Christie is just another circus carnie with a cheap road show. He pretends to be tough, but hasn't made any tough budget decisions whatsoever. He has his state limping along by refusing to place required deposits in public employee pension accounts- which will eventually lead to his state defaulting on its obligations and becoming a laughing stock. They have the cheapest gas tax in the nation but he is afraid to raise it even to the level paid in Montana. He is all talk-and HE is complaining about "cheap rhetoric"?? What a jike.

    January 28, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Kevin

    It's funny how the GOP talk all this trash about our president when it was the GOP that got us in this mess. All the GOP is talking about is cut this, cut that, repeal this, repeal that, but where are the JOBS!!! The next 2 years will be nothing bur distractions, this GOP controlled congress will get nothing done. I'm sure glad the dems control the senate and the white house.

    January 28, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Kathy

    One would hope that while we're "digging" out of this mess, we will always remember who got us here in the first place. This has been a Bush/republican mess. We can't cut services to the middle class and the poor while the top 2% laugh their way to the banks on the backs of the people who got them there in the first place....

    January 28, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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