Christie's advice for Washington
February 26th, 2013
06:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Christie's advice for Washington

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey isn't shy about speaking out.

And in a Tuesday budget address, he offered some advice for government officials in the nation's capital.

"It seems to me that our leaders in Washington, D.C., especially this week, could learn something from our example here," he said, as Capitol Hill and the White House blame each other for the approaching federal spending cuts, known inside the Beltway as the sequester.

"Their failure to take on the nation's budget challenges and address the unsustainablility of the nation's longterm liabilities is nothing short of inexcusable. It's past time for Washington to get its act together," he continued, chastising leaders in the nation's capital.

"And that will take two things: bipartisanship and leadership, and unfortunately, both seem missing in Washington today."

He acknowledged that his state had more it could do "to improve our fiscal health even more," and did not note his state's unemployment rate, which stands above the national average.

Christie urged lawmakers to not to "play the old partisan games [or] block progress in search of a better headline."

"We know that doesn't work either. Just look at the results in Washington," he said. "Is that what we want in New Jersey?"

In the address, Christie announced he would support an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, becoming the eighth Republican governor to do so. He expressed his opposition to the law but noted that if he did not accept the federal funding for the program, the funds would be spent elsewhere.

Speaking to state lawmakers, he cited an example of "putting the people we serve first" in the state's response to Superstorm Sandy, which devastated parts of New Jersey when she made landfall in late October.

"I want to thank the members of this legislature and our congressional delegation - both sides of the aisle - for the $60.4 billion emergency relief package which Congress enacted last month," he said. "I expect to go to the Jersey Shore every summer for the rest of my life, including the summer of 2013."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Hotdog

    The truth of the matter is that one group's ideology does not have precedence over the other; therefore; a compromise should happen among sensible people. Finally, you have people in the Senate and the House of Representatives that should be replaced because they want to turn the clock backwards. We can not move forward as a nation with people like that are serving in Congress.

    February 26, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. 2012liberal

    U wont win n 2016 christie. Cpac didnt even have u as guest speaker. The republicans r irrelevant. Next!

    February 26, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Go christi ,the only good republican !!!!

    February 26, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Larry L

    The Democrats could use Christie and some of his ideas. Republicans think he's "too moderate" and willing to compromise towards the good of America. This sounds like an easy choice for Governor Christie.

    February 26, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie will get in trouble with Tea Partiers and fiscal conservatives for not sticking to talking points from the Republican National Committee. Bipartisanship is heresy to Tea Partiers because it has the odor of compromise.

    February 26, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Surfer George

    I like Chris Christie

    He's a Republican I could vot for – maybe even campaign for.

    February 26, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Pop Gun

    One flicker of light in a dark GOP room.

    February 26, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    So again, you're acting as an adult and doing what the people elected you to do (act bipartisian) and for that, I should vote for you? My vote isn't going your way because you are ACTUALLY PERFORMING YOUR JOB instead of throwing out nasty, disrespectful gutter language. Once in office, I suspect you will become the big bully you've always been even to the people of your state who depend on you. No thanks, the POTUS should be level headed and respectful even if he doesn't always feel like acting that way and you are anything but that.

    February 26, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if there was less bickering and more dialogue between the major groups. If I were in Congress, my goal would be to have a lunch or dinner among the entire state delegation and the staff of all the members of the House and Senate. It would be reaching across the isle to see what can get done.

    February 26, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. helenecha

    Amazing! Christie looks vivid. Good luck and Godspeed to Governor Christie!

    February 26, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. cbr

    Good for Governor Christie. He is absolutely correct. The leaders in the Senate and House, the President, and the Speaker of the House are not even trying to resolve the stalemate. In all honesty, Speaker Boehner is not fulfilling the job as Speaker. He is not leading anyone and instead, he comes out to make a few statements and then runs back to the privacy of his office.

    The truth is that this Speaker does not seem to know what his responsibilities are. In my lifetime very few Speakers chose to do nothing. it is time for him to resign and let someone else who can bring people together and who will work with the President to take over. He just is afraid to go against the TEA Party. He is allowing his personal vies of the President to stand in the way of doing his job and making sure that Congress works together.

    February 26, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Concernicus

    I see where Christie was not invited to speak at CPAC. Something about his "limited future" in the republican party. See what happens when you try to be bipartisan? The teapot people turn on you. Repugs eating repugs. Beautiful.

    February 26, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. bipartiSam

    Four most electable capable open minded pols for President in 2016 – Bloomberg, Christie,Clinton, Rubio.

    February 26, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. TG

    Chris Christie for President.

    February 27, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  15. Logic N LA

    It's time our leaders stopped the Jets and Sharks mentality and acted like adults and not thugs. They have one simple job- to do right by all Americans- not just those in their party. No one can beleive that we have enough revenue coming in to pay down our deficit. Cuts alone will not work. Both are needed and it's time for Congress to get their act together and and offer a sound plan with both in play. If we can afford fewer programs, we can afford more taxes.

    February 27, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  16. helenecha

    Guess what? This world often challenges people's rationality, as we never see somebody whose right hand and left hand usually keep fighting each other.

    February 27, 2013 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  17. aCriticalEye

    The GOP/Tea Trolls are constantly complaining that OBAMAcare is soooo bad, yet they all take advantage of it.
    Hummm.....

    My opinion is they just cant admit there wrong. Runaway health care costs and oil/gas are the nation's problems. Mr Obama is doing his best, working with the party of the filthy rich.

    February 27, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  18. Marie MD

    All good and well Christie but you have done things in NJ that your own people are not to happy about.
    I wonder if it had been another state besides NJ if you had stopped your hated talk about the President and continued to lap the twit's behind.

    February 27, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  19. Meese

    Too bad Obamantation would never take your advice. He is not into workable solutions just division.

    February 27, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. HenryMiller

    "In the address, Christie announced he would support an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, "

    RINO

    February 27, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. rs

    As we saw yesterday, the world of GOP turned on Mr. Christie. It seems they won't want his advice.

    Meanwhile in today's part of the Sequester drama, we see the GOP is thinking of abdicating the responsibility of budgeting within Congress to grant that to the President. For people who claime to revere the Constitution so much they seem to have (once again) failed to spot that small part that requires federal budgets to be created within the House.
    Such a move would be a massive shift of power to the Executive- but it would at least justify what the House GOP does- nothing!

    February 27, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Blue Dog

    Christie won't win the GOP primary next time. He may get elected as guv as n independent though.

    February 27, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -Meese

    Too bad Obamantation would never take your advice. He is not into workable solutions just division.
    *****************
    You can't fashion a workable solution with people who wanted to make you a one-term president, and who are now determined to wreck the country out of spite. Christie, on the other hand, WAS willing to craft a workable solution to solve a problem, while his own party screwed New Jersey because the storm did not affect their states. If that's not an example of division, I don't know what is. The only disgusting thing in politics is the alternate reality the GOP has built for itself out of Ayn Rand, where selfishness is a virtue, and compassion is a weakness because it interferes with the hoarding of the virtuous rich.

    February 27, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Ralph_in_FL

    When the Republicans push him out the door, I am sure the Democrats will be happy to have him.

    February 27, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. nc_mike

    Christie is brilliant. Although I am no GOP fan, he is moving to the center in advance of where the GOP has to go anyway and, if he can get through the GOP pres primary, would be a formidable contender not seen as extreme right, capable of winning the center, not seen a nut case, aloof, or only for the wealthy. It would be a knock down drag out race for sure, even against Hillary. The big IF is the primary and the extreme right wing nutcases.

    February 27, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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