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. Vile GOP

    So the fat man is showing as a republican with a heart. Imagine that...a republican that is saying lets put the people first. If that doesn't put it into perspective to the useful idi0ts, nothing will.

    February 27, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Meese

    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.
    __________
    Compromise is a two way street unless you missed the logic phase of your education. Obama does not do compromise. The GOP was not built around Ayn Rand although alot of the truth stated in her books are worth discussing. Unfortunately in liberal schools of today that I even went to for college they refuse to discuss it. I do not deem selfishness as being mindful of spending and taxes. I and a lot of people I know do a lot of giving and its a lot more than I save by taking every deduction that is legally feasible. Republicans and Independents as a fact give tmuch more to charity than Democrats and that is not because there are not a ton of wealthy Democrats.

    February 27, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. ja

    the gop bascially hve their heads in the sand and cotton in their ears, the American spoke loud and clear when president Obama was reelected, it is sad suddenly, this administration, they talk about being fiscally responsible

    February 27, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Bloud

    Finally a republican I could vote for!! A politician actually for the people!! Refreshing!! I just wish he would speak out about the speculators that are pushing up the cost of gas.

    February 27, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. ME

    You rock Gov. Christie! And I am not a republican, and you have my vote for 2016 president.

    February 27, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. ART

    Hey joe what do you know? I know that you are an idiot,stealing taxpayers money really in case you haven't heard we are a state that gives more to the federal Gov than we take,I can almost gaurantee you come from one of those red neck red states that take more than they give, so now just shut your pie hole.

    February 27, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. kevin

    Ya..let Christie run..as a 3rd party candidate! That will help the Dems keep the WH!

    February 27, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. some chick

    Never thought in my lifetime that I would here the words " put the people first" from a Republican.
    Gov. Christie you have shown that firsts still are possible. We welcome, invite, nominate, and accept you
    into our party. You fit right in. The sky is the limit for you. To hear something other than hate from your party is
    almost too much, puts us in love. Switch parties, live your dreams , so we can live ours. Too much hate, obstruction,
    plotting, scheming, sour grapes, inflexable, narrowmindedness from the Repubs...thats not you. Come on over.

    February 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. ART

    Why does this biased piece of crap use the name FAIR IS FAIR

    February 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Pete

    Had a nice post about an ongoing investigation that has the new democratic DA checking out Christie the past states DA..Christies putting on indefinite hold court cases involving corruption in politics state wide and his donors are implicated as well so that pretty much shoots down Christie as your new clean political savior as presidencial material doesn't it republicans and we'll see just how far it goes until someone higher up stops it if you know what I mean!!

    February 27, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. sf

    pass out doughnuts? is that his advice?

    my advice to republicans in congress is know this....WE ARE WAITING FOR MID TERM ELECTIONS IN 2014!!! WE WILL GET RID OF YOU SOON ENUF!

    February 27, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Fearless Freep

    I do not deem selfishness as being mindful of spending and taxes.......yes you do !

    George Bush spent like a drunken sailor for eight years,
    and people like you never said a word.
    SUDDENLY, there is a Black Democrat in the White House, and EVERYTHING IS HIS FAULT !!!!

    People no longer believe your kind of lying garbage.
    Last November was proof.

    February 27, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "Everybody Hates Chris" ..... which is only true for the extremes on the right and the left.

    February 27, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Mhk1999

    If Christie ran for president I'd turn republican. He's the only man with common sense.

    February 27, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. ElmerGantry

    @Meese,

    Regarding the following,

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Meese
    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.
    __________
    Compromise is a two way street unless you missed the logic phase of your education. Obama does not do compromise. The GOP was not built around Ayn Rand although alot of the truth stated in her books are worth discussing. Unfortunately in liberal schools of today that I even went to for college they refuse to discuss it. I do not deem selfishness as being mindful of spending and taxes. I and a lot of people I know do a lot of giving and its a lot more than I save by taking every deduction that is legally feasible. Republicans and Independents as a fact give tmuch more to charity than Democrats and that is not because there are not a ton of wealthy Democrats.

    February 27, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |

    _______________________________________________________________________

    You are right it takes two to compromise. I remember Boehner going on television and telling they lid that he (GOP) got 98% of what he (GOP) wanted.

    Boehner exposed for all to see what the GOP thinks is compromise.

    February 27, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. EJ

    If his butt will be able to cash the check his mouth just wrote, this is the epitome of what a REAL Republican is all about.

    February 27, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. 1984

    He is the first Republican that I have had any respect for, next to Teddy Roosevelt.

    February 27, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. some chick

    Gov Christies own party snubs him, treats him like he is contagious.
    Goes to show you what republicans really are like. Say some thing nice or positvie
    get shunned. The death of the republican party is just a decade or two away. Most of us are
    tired, sick, discusted with the hate, laziness, bile that comes outta their mouths. I am sick of paying thier
    wages.

    February 27, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. steve

    So CPAC does not want him and Republicans can't win primaries without Tea Party (embracing the T.P. seems like a bad idea now doesn't it). Maybe he could run for President as Democrat in 2016; or better yet as independent along with 218 independent congressmen/women and 51 independent senators and we could be done with dysfunctional party politics. Where is Thomas Jefferson when you need him.

    February 27, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Clintw

    Let's hope that this man will take care of himself for all our sakes. I would definitely support him in 2016 if his health is OK.
    Shame on most other republicans.

    February 27, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. EDDIE

    If the repubs had more people like Huntsman and Christie they would have a better chance.

    February 27, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Jeff O'Dette

    There is only ONE way to get rid of repubs and tea baggers. ONE!!! That is VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!! America PLEASE. WAKE UP!!! VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. yitkis

    Nobody needs your advice, Chris.
    You are Judah who sold Christ for 30 silver pieces.
    No trust to you at all. We have plenty of RINOs already.

    February 27, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Patriot and American

    Republicans have never demonstrated "putting people first".

    February 27, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Richard Miller

    I will believe this man when he loses 200 pounds. I think the extra weight is hurting his thought process.

    February 27, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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