Christie's advice for Washington
February 26th, 2013
06:02 PM ET
2 years 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


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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mr. Christie, enjoy your fun. You know (and I know) you're never going to do the "I wannabe President" shuffle by allowing the TeaPers to go after you in a presidential election.

    I can't imagine why any sane Republican would at this stage in the game. TeaPers are nothing but vicious cowards. Then again, most spoiled brats are. Cowards, that is.

    February 27, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. joe

    So what has Christie actually achieved apart from increasing his own state's debt, reducing employment, stealing $60bn from taxpayers in other states to rebuild houses that shouldn't be ebuilt on the coast. NOTHING. Oh except put on even more weight. What a jerk

    February 27, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Gary

    Go Gov. Christie .

    February 27, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. glorydays

    He's so much smarter than the rest of his party.

    February 27, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. rc

    Joe, Christie has done a phenomenal job here. As a business owner and resident I can tell you first hand. He has passed 3 balanced budgetd without raising taxes.Washington has passed zero. He stopped the flight of wealth from the state. ($70 billion left under the last administation's watch. He passed bipartisan legislation which got public unions to particpate in paying towards their won beenfits and retirement. Taking note Washington? I'll take an overweight achiever over an inshape do nothing, divider every day of the week.

    February 27, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. former Texas republican

    Count yourself lucky you didn't get an invitation to the CPAC's conclave. Look at the list of losers invited to speak, including our own beloved State Clown, and wonder about the people who'd give their money to an organization intent on perpetuating their intellectual flaws and political losses.

    February 27, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Alina77

    Republicans will try to keep Christie as much in the middle as they can (secretly of course). Not inviting him for CPAC , been visibly "unhappy " with him... but they know he is the only one who has an opportunity to become a President of the USA in 2016 (that's of course if they wont attache to him a "TP Yahoo" .. . I for example will vote for him, if Hillary wont run.

    February 27, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. nothing new here

    I agree with this man.
    This is what the Grand Old Party use to be like.
    It was about fiscal responsibility, yes. But it was also about putting the needs of the American people FIRST. They are the ones that are financing this overbloated government in the first polace.
    WE have funds to pay for endless wars, pointless marijuana laws, politicians salaries? Of course. So now, take care of our own for once. They deserve it.

    February 27, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. quinLee

    I could vote for this guy. Then again, I used to like McCain before he went all gangsta senile and pungent.

    February 27, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. MrRickinNH

    This mas is a leader... and an example for others to follow! We really need more leaders that put partisanship in the back seat!

    February 27, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Larry L

    Like Gen. Colin Powell and John Huntsman, Governor Christie is in denial. All are too rational to remain in today's Republican Party of extremists, anarchists, and fearful bigots. They need to publicly admit they are now better classified as moderate Democrats – with a strong sense of fiscal and personal responsibility.

    February 27, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. ru serious

    Christie is the voice of reason in a party that has jumped the shark, a shame since fiscal conservatism is exactly what this country needs.

    February 27, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. whatever

    Ide like him ore if he wasnt a fat slob....

    February 27, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Moe Green

    Why don't we start with cutting the amounts we give to countries overseas. I am not talking about cutting off all foreign aid... Just lowering the aid offered while we get our financial house in order.

    February 27, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    My advice to Christy. Be content as governor of NJ because the GOP is going to treat you like the plague. You will never enjoy their support anymore. You could switch parties but I doubt it. You don't seem to like us very much and we all know how you really feel about President Obama. I know I wouldn't vote for you ever, but you seem to have made an impression on some people simply for doing the job you were elected to do.

    But whatever you do, lose some weight, too much fat around the heart can kill you.

    February 27, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Pete

    To republican posters out there,what ever happened about the investigation into Christies past as the states DA..Many a trail involving corrupt politicians that donated to his campaign were out on hold indefinitely and the new democratic DA is now looking in to it..Can you say to Christie in doing a better job of hiding your past,not presidencial material at all but the idiotic republicans love him don't they!!

    February 27, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. sally

    As far as I'm concerned the GOP is absolutely irresponsible about its duties. All they care about is keeping down their own taxes so that they can become even richer...and insuring that the gap between the have's and the have not's will become even wider!

    February 27, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. rapierpoint

    So he goes along with the Medicaid expansion, even though he opposes it, simply because if he doesn't grab the money, someone else will? What a maroon. Isn't special local spending something we've been trying to get rid of in government for a while? Guess everyone wants their piece of the taxpayer pie.

    February 27, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Rogue351

    The GOP / Tea Party Taliban will be the death of the United States as we know it.

    February 27, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    The GOP baggers in Congress are not interested in solving the country's problems, only in exacting retribution upon the President and the voters that put him in office, regardless of the damage done to country or citizens.

    So, of course, now they hate Christie.

    February 27, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. ShelbyN

    Christie makes valid points and he does care about his state, however, I can't imagine ANYONE in healthcare voting for him for President because sadly, he is a ticking timebomb. Doesn't matter what he says and how fast he moves. His weight is a detriment to his health. It WOULD matter who he chose for VP in this case. I say this with love, he has 4 years to get his health together if he really wants a shot.

    February 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. AprilElaine

    I personally tend to vote Democrat mainly because of the Republicans radical point of view on just about everything these days. Nothing they say or do makes any sense, nor in my opinion are they living in our current century. Their thoughts and opinions are outdated and they fail to change and adapt with whats going on now. But I must say that Gov. Christie's intentions SEEM goodhearted and he seems very logical and in tune with what THE PEOPLE want, I would DEF consider voting for him if his train of thought remains the same.

    February 27, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Manti

    to Rapierpoint......................re-read your post............"What a maroon". What's that?

    Mr. Christie has one thing most Republicans don't have......................the guts to speak his mind.

    February 27, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Solesoaky

    Why don't Republicans have more Chris Christies in their party? I'd vote for him, and I'm not a Republican.

    February 27, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    I laugh at you lefties saying nice things about Chris Christie... if he runs for President in 2016, you will be the same people spewing hate his way. Too funny...

    February 27, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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