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


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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Kathleen Farrell

    Knock off the weight jokes. It makes you look as bad as the GOP thinks you are.

    February 27, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Evangenital

    Christie, you have done a very good job with the recovering of hurricane sandy, but come on, seriously, the republicans are not playing and Obama & democrats cannot do anything because they hold the purse. Try to speak to your party members, see if they'll listen. . .

    February 27, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Darkseider

    Christie is a RINO and needs to be stop calling himself a conservative. First with the accepting of the expansion of medicaid under obamacare because it would go somewhere else. Then with the pestering of the house to pass the Sandy relief bill which was so full of pork it makes Christie look thin. He is pandering for support and votes come 2016 and one can only hope he goes nowhere. New Jersey is fast becoming a failed state just like California and New York. One need only to take a look at the leadership in these states, there financial health, ridiculously high taxes and then their large crime ridden metro areas to see how well it is all working for them.

    February 27, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. "If you cannot beat them than...."

    White House and Congress the land of "Procratination"......."than join them"

    February 27, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. 4realincali

    As a lifelong democrat, I find Chris Christie a breath of fresh air, he appears to speak his mind and governs over the issues, not over what the GOP thinks is important. I can listen to his logic and am glad the GOP did not invite him to their conference, this further lets me know he may be the one republican that makes sense

    February 27, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. anagram_kid

    Fair is Fair wrote, “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...”

    Says the person who has dedicated endless hours to spewing hate. I pity your family.

    February 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Evangenital

    Christie, you have done a very good job with the recovering of hurricane sandy, but come on, seriously, the republicans are not playing and Obama & democrats cannot do anything because they hold the purse.
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    No. The nation's purse strings are controlled by the majority in the House, which are the Republicans.

    February 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. blue19

    Wow, putting the people first, finally a high profile republican that gets it.

    February 27, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Mike

    He sure would make a good Democrat if his own party wants to keep snubbing him. Hillary & Christie ticket; yep that sounds good to me.

    February 27, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    if you like ayn rand, i suggest you look into scientology, i think you'll like it too.
    christie is a reasonable republican and he gets my support.

    reasonable republicans are an endangered species.

    the republican party is a crazy train coming off the tracks. their leadership are acting like they are greenhorns to politics, and can't seem to realize they are tying their own rope.

    February 27, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. BUbba

    Every time HypoChristie speaks, an Angel dies. Well, I'm not sure if they actually die, or just pass out from laughing so hard. Christie is the living embodiment of the GOP. Lots of talk, but does not really follow what comes out of his / their own mouths.
    And by the way, HypoChristie is a play on Hypocrisy, not on the Governor's robust waistline. I don't have issue with his weight, only his stupid GOP rhetoric. I believe him to be a better man than what we see in the media, however, we are not going to find out, unless he can find the courage to distance himself from the GOP nutjobs.

    February 27, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. marty

    We've had eight years of 'scary' mushroom cloud and WMD persuasive lies followed by four, going on five, years of NO, NO, NO! because the Republicans tried, once more, tried ,to make Obama a one term president. That objective and a foolish no tax pledge took precedence over adhering to a solemn oath of office taken with a hand on the Bible. We lost thousands of young lives, many more wounded, with families suffering with a host of problems as a result of an unnecessary and very expensive, unpaid for, war . All this followed by an unbelievable recalcitrant, obstructive, greedy, calumnous, cruel body politic whose language and unprofessionalism breeds contempt for their "fellow" men. Honor, civility, genuine loyalty and patriotism has given way to attacking our government while offering nothing of substance, only empty talking points. And - these are the very people questioning leadership???

    February 27, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    No. The nation's purse strings are controlled by the majority in the House, which are the Republicans.
    ---

    which is the way our constitution states it should be. if that is the case, why is obama not bowing to the will of the people's house and the constitution? obama simply wants to tax and spend and borrow the country into bankruptcy. he already got us close to greece and he wants to put the spending pedel to the metal.

    February 27, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Donna

    OK, so Christie says DC must get their act together while he then grabs at all the money DC wants to throw at him even though he doesn't agree with it. Way to compromise those principles all for the sake of a buck! Come on Christie, I thought you were better than this. The feds are buying their way into wrecking your state eventually. Their promises of money down the road are as hollow as their faile dand bankrupt fiscal policies.

    February 27, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. str009

    I don't care for his bluster, (As a matter of fact, Christie, it IS your constituents' business where you send your kids to school, what you think of the public schools, and what stake you have in them.) but rudeness beats outright hate and blind partisanship. He'll work with the other side to arrive at solutions, and admit when they do the right thing. that's positive.

    February 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. DENNA

    Darkseider wrote: Christie is a RINO and needs to be stop calling himself a conservative.
    ..................................................................................................................................................................................
    Gov. Christie isn't a RINO. He is what the Republican party was before the Tea Party/Wingnut element made themselves known to the sane people of America. At this point in history, Gov. Christie is the BEST candidate that the GOP has but they are too stupid to understand that. I am a staunch, died-in-the-wool Democrat who would not vote Republican. Gov. Christie has me taking a look at the GOP with new eyes. If he runs, the Democrats will have to put up a really good candidate to beat him. Thank you, Gov. Chrisitie for showing what the GOP could be.

    February 27, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. some chick

    My kids act more mature than the Repubs in Washington. The only focus the GOP has is to screw our President and
    any other democrats in Washington. Bill Clinton got the same treatment. I am embarrassed for them. The repub party
    is a dying party. A party of no compromise, no "whats best for the American citizens". They need to remember who pays their salaries. The song and dance they continue is old, worn out, and most of us are sick of it. Fire them all. Gov Christie will soar if he switches parties. Get out while you still can, they will hate on you like they do all of us.

    February 27, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. joe2sixpacks

    The Republican Party is split between reasonable moderates and far right fiscal/social conservatives. Romney was a moderate pretending to be far right and he lost badly. Reality began to creep in with immigration, ACA acceptance and pandering to woman as GOP lost bad because of these 3 issues. Democrats love the split because house Republicans harm the brand and future election hopes every day. In the end, public opinion and reasonableness wins out. That's why Obama keeps winning all of these manufactured crisis. Boehner and McConnell can't function and be themselves because they are afraid of a primary challenge from the right who will spend lots of $ to defeat them. Its pretty funny and wonderful if you are a Democatic Party member. Sad for independents. The GOP doesn't get the concepts and the lessons until its too late. Stand for principle and lose is the GOP mantra!

    February 27, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Ol' Lefty

    I doubt I'd support him, given that I'm quite a bit left of center. But if he got elected, I could a least sleep at night because he isn't a nut job. I can't think of too many other GOP possible candidates I can say that about.

    February 27, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Pete

    Christie has to clean up his past problems with his state DA position before anything else..The new DA in Jersey a democrate has found numerous ties with Christies donors to many political corruption cases being held up indefinitely by the governor himself when DA to avoid possible prosecution with campaign fraud state wide..This might put the cabosh on any future presidencial run,can you say just another corrupt republican,I can!!

    February 27, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Folks, let's not get carried away. Deep down inside Christie is still a rethug. He fought for his state as politicians should and ticked off his party but he was still voting for the twit and campained for him and said pretty rotten things about the President just a few days before Hurricane Sandy.
    If anyone showed class it was the President going to NJ to meet those affected by the hurricane and making nice with Christie.
    He has done a few things in NJ that his own constituents don't like.

    February 27, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Kweso

    Did you hear what just happened in New Jersey? The Republican Governor agreed to implement Obamacare in his state. American is changing!

    February 27, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    anagram_kid

    Fair is Fair wrote, “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...”

    Says the person who has dedicated endless hours to spewing hate. I pity your family.
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    We have a winner for todays P.W. Herman "I know You Are But What Am I" award... for the record-breaking 65 thime, no less.

    February 27, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    Rudy NYC – "No. The nation's purse strings are controlled by the majority in the House, which are the Republicans."

    which is the way our constitution states it should be. if that is the case, why is obama not bowing to the will of the people's house and the constitution? obama simply wants to tax and spend and borrow the country into bankruptcy. he already got us close to greece and he wants to put the spending pedel to the metal.
    -------------–
    Try reading the rest of the Constitution. In fact, all you really nead to is read the next few sentences. The POTUS has the option to veto bills and the process by which that is done are defined.

    You see, the tone of your question highlights exactly what is wrong with the Republican Party. Your question implies that the POTUS must bend to the will of the House, or vice versa, or something or another. Power!

    Conservatives view being in power as an opportunity to RULE. Liberals view being in power as an opportunity to be temporary custodians. The custodial nature of our goverment and its' elected officials is in the Constitution, too. Here's a hint, Preamble.

    February 27, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    @Kathleen Farrell. Stop the fat jokes.....you mean the way the GOP has stopped referring to the First Lady as Moochelle?

    February 27, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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