Christie runs the gamut
January 9th, 2013
11:12 AM ET
1 year ago

Christie runs the gamut

(CNN) – In a series of wide-ranging interviews Wednesday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sidestepped more questions about his potential interest in a presidential run and pushed for an expansive debate on gun violence.

His comments came one day after the Republican governor gave his annual State of the State address, a high-profile speech that focused almost entirely on recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy.

But Wednesday morning, Christie was eager to talk about more issues, including the ramped up debate on firearms, as well as the upcoming fiscal showdowns in Washington.

The governor in particular argued that any conversation on gun regulations must also feature discussions about mental health illness and violence in video games. Pressed on whether he'd support a federal assault weapons ban–a proposal floating around in Washington–Christie said he couldn't give a strict "yes" or "no" answer.

"It's not that easy," he said on NBC's "Today." "The fact is these are complicated issues, and my point is I'm willing to have that conversation. Now that's a lot more than what other people are willing to say...But you've got to deal with these other issues, otherwise you're just being political."

Video games should especially be addressed, Christie added, arguing they have a desensitizing effect on children. He said substance abuse should also be looked at as a factor in violence, telling a story about a woman on crack who decapitated her own baby.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ranks New Jersey as having the second toughest gun laws in the country–a point Christie made sure to mention in his interviews. Asked why he never brought up the issue in his big address Tuesday, Christie said everyone has to pick and choose what they're going to say.

"I really thought that given what's happened in our state, that the majority of time should be spent on talking about Sandy," he said on ABC's "This Week," adding they'll have "plenty of time" to talk about other issues.

Asked what strategy the Republican Party should take in the looming debates on debt, Christie argued the GOP needs to "stand firm on getting some real significant spending reductions."

"We've now done what the president wanted us to do. He wanted to raise taxes on the highest earning Americans, and Republicans have now acquiesced to that," he said on NBC. "Now it's time for the president to stand up and say here's what I'm going to do on spending."

Some in his own party blasted Christie for praising President Barack Obama's handling of the aftermath following Superstorm Sandy. The two were complimentary of each other when they appeared together to survey the deadly storm's damage, less than a week before the election.

But Christie said when it comes to policy, it's different. There's no 'bromance,' so to say.

"I don't offer my advice to the president in that way. What I've dealt with the president on is Hurricane Sandy. That's what the nature of our relationship is," he said on NBC.

As for his prospects in 2016, Christie said his focus is his current job–where he has approval ratings over 70%–but conceded he would be more ready in four years than he was in 2011, when he was courted by several donors to run for president.

And while Christie was quick to repeatedly define his state as a model for bipartisan success, given that he works with a Democratic legislature, the governor said 2016 is still too far away.

"Anybody who tries to plan four years from now, you know, is crazy," he said on ABC. "The fact of the matter is I'm going to do the job my mother gave me, which is to do the job that you have right now as well as you can do it. And your future will take care of itself.'"

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released mid-December, 59% of Republicans said they are very or somewhat likely to support Christie for the GOP nomination in 2016. The only person with higher numbers was Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate in 2012, who had support from 75% of Republicans.

After his high-profile attacks on House Speaker John Boehner last week over a delayed vote on the federal relief package, Christie pushed back against questions that he may have trouble in winning support from party leadership should he decide to run.

"I think that if you have views where you're being effective and you're getting things done for the people, then anybody, not just me, anybody can win," he said on the CBS program, "This Morning."

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Gun rights • New Jersey
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Did I just read that the Tea Party has turned on ole Uncle Mitch??? Isn't that like the k l a n kicking the grand dragon out???

    Oh happy days!!! Now that made my day!!!

    January 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Anne wrote:

    ok, exactly what I am saying.. he kissed the wrong hand! And based on your logic, President Obama's visit and photo op had little impact on solving the real problem, therefore it only served him for being re-elected.
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    That's exactly right. He was doing his job as POTUS. Is there some sort of problem with that? No one ever complained about campaigning when he visited storm hit areas before. At least he didn't do a "see ya' later" fly-over like Bush did after Katrina.

    January 9, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. C.J.

    @ THE REAL TRUTH: Public law 91-375 and Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. I think with the number of post offices closing, and reducing hours, you may not be correct at all about the USPS.

    January 9, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. empresstrudy

    So shorter Christie:

    "I have a deeply felt opinion about tragedies. These are complicated things and fixing them will be complicated."

    January 9, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. illinidiva

    "Go back and look at the polls. Romney's poll ratings were beginning a free fall before the storm hit. Romney saw a 10 point negative swing, his losses and Obama's gains, in the polls. That was a direct result of the misleading Jeep/Chrysler ad that his campaign put out and defended.

    "

    Umm... Yep, that was why Romney was ahead in every tracking poll outside the MOE the day before Sandy and it all tanked afterward. It was totally due to a commercial that most people didn't see... Eyes Roll. Just like the cancer commercial didn't tank Barry.

    But you didn't answer my question. Why are you all of a sudden totally enamored with a guy who has the same view of unions as Scott Walker and bills himself as a conservative pro-life Republican? The only reason I can think of is because he helped your lord and savior get re-elected.

    January 9, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    illinidiva wrote:

    Umm... Yep, that was why Romney was ahead in every tracking poll outside the MOE the day before Sandy and it all tanked afterward. It was totally due to a commercial that most people didn't see... Eyes Roll. Just like the cancer commercial didn't tank Barry.

    But you didn't answer my question. Why are you all of a sudden totally enamored with a guy who has the same view of unions as Scott Walker and bills himself as a conservative pro-life Republican? The only reason I can think of is because he helped your lord and savior get re-elected.
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    Ha! That's what the conservative polls were saying. Haven't you figured out by now that they were wrong? BTW, I did answer your question: misdirection. My bad that you didn't understand. Liberals just want to keep the extreme right off balance and second guessing.

    January 9, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. illinidiva

    "Ha! That's what the conservative polls were saying. Haven't you figured out by now that they were wrong? BTW, I did answer your question: misdirection. My bad that you didn't understand. Liberals just want to keep the extreme right off balance and second guessing.

    "

    Still haven't told me exactly why a liberal New Yorker like yourself is defending a conservative Republican again?? That has basically proved my hypothesis.. he saved your lord and savior.

    January 9, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Amy 1662

    If Christy was to run for president he could actually win it for the Republicans. I am not a fan of the republican party these days but I would vote for him in a heartbeat and I'm a Democrat

    January 9, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Ryan in 2016, another tea party, far right favorite...if you ever read his path to prosperity, and some of the other far right ideas, middle class and working poor killers....while the wealthy get all the breaks....
    Some have even floated the idea of 0 tax on investments, you make 30 million dollars you pay no taxes, but if you make 30 thousand dollars working you pay taxes. Yeah it would create jobs, then you believe in the tooth fariry, and the easter bunny.
    Notice i have said far right, the far right conservatives of today are not the Reagan republicans of the 80's.

    January 9, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Gop sucks,you lost the election and your going to lose the next one too .

    January 9, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. frank

    Ryan in 2016, another far right tea party favorite, if you ever read his path to prosperity, more like path to the poor house for the middle class and working poor, and all kinds of goodies for the wealthy. One of the far right idea is no taxes on investments, make 30 million dollars, no taxes, but if you make 30 thousand dollars working you pay taxes.
    Yeah it will create jobs, if you believe that then you believe in the tooth fairly and the easter bunny.
    If the republicans run Ryan in 2016, expect a major defeat, the republicans need to get rid of the far right radicals in their party and go back to true conservatives like Reagan , Bush sr, and Ike.

    January 9, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. smithdp

    Well for a few seconds there I thought Christie was a different sort of politician. A straight talker. Sounds like just another guy here dancing around the issues. Are you against it being easy to massacre people with assault weapons or not? Afraid of the NRA?

    January 9, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. trex

    ........The Tea Party calls itself .....Conservative Patriot Elephants...................and call Christy a hated RINO.............

    January 9, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. angel

    The Bible teaches God always comes first,we serve a jealous God. Adam and Eve didn't put God first and sin and death entered the world,many religious and political leaders don't put God first,and many in the Media don't either.The Bible says,revenge belongs to God,and man is not God,so man can't take revenge,yet man takes it with wars and Capital Punishment and many innocent people are killed: Bush gave many reasons for invading Iraq,and all the reasons proved false,including it was revenge for Saddam Hussein trying to assassinate his father,even though he must know as a Christian that the Bible says revenge belongs to God,and Bush isn't God. And instead of seeking justice for 9/11 through the World Court as was suggested at the time,he invaded Afghanistan,this was an attempt for revenge through war for 9/11,and many more lost their lives. And when Governor of Texas he gave in to those calling for revenge through the Death Penalty,as many still do,instead of life imprisonment. Put God first,and recognize and understand that revenge belongs to God,and that man is not God.

    January 9, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. terry ggodman

    i think ,if chris christie can't take care of his own body, being his temple. he is not fit to be president, and i think he and all the people that make up our government should have to take a drug test .of state and federal level. have a nice day

    January 9, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. illinidiva

    "If Christy was to run for president he could actually win it for the Republicans. I am not a fan of the republican party these days but I would vote for him in a heartbeat and I'm a Democrat"

    Well Krispy Kreme should become a Democrat then because I know many Republicans are tired of this bully's act.

    January 9, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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