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. AZ Girl

    First, he is NOT a RINO. Let's face it in today's Republican party anyone left of John Birch would be considered a RINO, or (forbid!) a liberal.

    But I have to agree, he is trying to say "Get up off of your collective arses and do something for the betterment of this Nation." And THAT means compromise and meeting in the middle. Both parties got us into this mess, now work together to get us out. The game of chicken is over and the cars have hit head on

    February 27, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    let's face it, Chris Christie is a phony and a fraud. For example, Christie along with seven other republican governors just accepted the President's Medicaid expansion, saying that he was aiming to put people first though he remains opposed to the Affordable Care Legislation. Then he said "I am no fan of the Affordable Care Act. I think it's wrong for New Jersey and wrong for America. I fought against it and believe in the long run it will not achieve what it promises. Let me be clear: refusing these federal dollars wouldn't mean they would not be spent. It just means they would be spent to expand health care access in New York or Connecticut or Ohio or somewhere else." Then Christie went on to say that accepting the Medicaid expansion would save taxpayers in his state $227 million. That is bogus double talk and shameless deceitful hypocrisy.

    February 27, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Edwin

    He doesn't agree with the provisions in Obamacare, but he is going to enact it anyway. Why? Because it doesn't make sense to draw a line in the sand on every issue. He understands that compromise means sometimes not getting your way.

    I wish the rest of the republican party understood that.

    February 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    @MarieMD.

    I feel the exact same way as you. If I live to be 100, I will NEVER forget any of the nasty things the rethuglikkkans that were clamoring for the # 2 spot said about President Obama. And now everyone is falling all over themselves because this guy is doing his job. Wow. The bar is certainly set low.

    February 27, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Sure he doesn't agree with the provisions in Obamacare, just the financial provisions of Obamacare. Reminds me of Lying Ryan who opposed the American Recovery Act, only to be amongst the first of republicans asking for stimulus aid for his state. Deceitful shameless two-face hypocrites.

    February 27, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Pete

    @Blah,blah,blah,what do you expect from republicans,the sanctumonious idiots that vote heavily for the sequester with speaker Boehner saying he got the 98% he wanted and now that the ticking political time bomb is about to go off they say its Pres.Obamas fault..Just as republican governors publicly bad mouthing the ACA bill saying they'll never accept it now welcoming it to their states with open arms,how hypocritical and deceitfull these ignorent republicans are!!But the cats out of the bag people because even though you republican posters are delushional thinking its the presidents fault quess what republicans your party will be hung out to dry come midterms and you can say goodbye to the likes of Boehner,McConnell,McCain ,Graham and company and please don't say you didnt know because we've been happily warning yah!!!

    February 27, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Tommy G

    Funny to see all the lefties telling Christie to become a Democrat and run in 2016... Throwing Hillary under the bus already huh?

    February 27, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Bill

    The problem is clear however nobody wants to admit it. Liberal thinking people call for compromise but they themselves do not want to compromise when it means they'll lose something they want. The same scenario applies to Conservative thinking people. The bottom line is we need to make significant spending cuts across the board and that is all but impossible to accomplish regardless of your position...Liberal or Conservative.

    February 27, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Moderationplz

    Hey, I'm a lifelong Democrat and I really like what Christie says and how he says it. He could garner my vote since he is one of the few that say ," Get together and work it out in a bipartisan manner".

    February 27, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. the real truth

    the dumb, uneducated, spin doctors and opinion tpt need to shut up. Even Helen Keller could see that the Republican party is destroying America. When will people finally see that CNN is a closet Fox and out to divide America for the sake of a story. The REpublicans are cult members, plain and simple. They only care about themselve. There is nothing wrong with fixing health care, extending medicaid, or social security. It is amazing that most of the Republican supporters are poor to middled class people who could benefit from some of the things listed.

    February 27, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Smacky Smooth

    @ Bill, we also need those hoarding the lion's share of the pie to pay more in taxes and have only the few tax breaks the Great Unwashed do. I think this Congress is the worst ever. I hope they all choke on their lattees and slip on their polished marble floors. This group has made is so easy for the middle class to disappear. They didnt cause it all but they are thumbing their noses at us while smugly grinning. If we all lose jobs and go broke, who is exactly is going to pay the taxes they bathe in? They dont want to have anything to do with us. So we should show by our vote, we have no wish to deal with them any longer also.

    February 27, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Jim in Georgia

    RINO? RINO?The great Ronald Reagan would be a RINO... And damn sick of this republican party.

    February 27, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Joe Smith

    If he keeps talking and acting like he's been doing, he stands a damn good chance of being elected if he runs for president in 2016. The only voters that he turns off are the extremes on both sides of the aisle.

    February 27, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. just sayin

    Smacky Smooth
    @ Bill, we also need those hoarding the lion's share of the pie to pay more in taxes and have only the few tax breaks the Great Unwashed do.
    -–
    they are already paying almost all the taxes. why doesn't the lower 47% pay anything? don't they also enjoy the benefits of living in this country?

    I think this Congress is the worst ever. I hope they all choke on their lattees and slip on their polished marble floors.
    -–
    ease up on the koolaide please. your violent nature is showing.

    This group has made is so easy for the middle class to disappear. They didnt cause it all but they are thumbing their noses at us while smugly grinning.
    -–
    obama keeping a lot of people jobless for years is doing this. rich people don't even know you exist. where do you get this fantasy stuff about smugly grinning?

    If we all lose jobs and go broke, who is exactly is going to pay the taxes they bathe in? They dont want to have anything to do with us. So we should show by our vote, we have no wish to deal with them any longer also.
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    you most likely pay nothing and they most likely are paying their share and the share of thousands of others who pay nothing. you live in a distorted leftist fantasy world. try reality sometime.

    February 27, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Benjamin

    So Christie's "big advice" was.... towing the party line? Alright, that's a waste of an article.

    February 27, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. lolo

    @ Fair is Fair, the difference is that you republicans can dish it out but can't take it. You hold grudges like the plague. Christie speaks his mind unlike you other cowards. You talk with forked tougue to get your BS out there. You are still living in the 17th century and God knows what other foolishness.You hate Christie because he is not backing up your nonsense. Your party is definitely the Kings and Queens of hate, but you are such hypocrits you do not even see it. Remember President Obama is half white and you cannot even accept that. To you he has to be pure white. I know that this has nothing to do with the article, but I am trying to help you get rid of that racism in your heart. Grow up and try to live in today's century not yesterdays. This is not your great grandaddy's country anymore. We are too diverse and I only thank God for that, not some know-nothing human being like you. People like you are the main reason this country is failing. You talk alot of crap but ain't saying nothing.

    February 27, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Larry L

    @ART

    Why does this biased piece of crap use the name FAIR IS FAIR
    =============================
    He changed his name after Romney lost. There's "Truth" in that statement...

    February 27, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Homer and Jethro

    "towing the party line" That's actually TOE the line, meaning stand right where we tell you and don't be one inch over the line we've drawn. A favorite of WWII officers, many of whom ended up as school principals.

    Christie is being seen as the "moderate" or "not-insane" Republican, based on the fact that he actually admitted Obama is the president. That's not really good news for the rest of the psychotically-deluded Right, who are even now screaming at Christie for not pretending to share their delusions.

    February 27, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Larry L

    @ART

    Why does this biased piece of crap use the name FAIR IS FAIR
    =============================
    He changed his name after Romney lost. There's "Truth" in that statement...
    =============================
    Fair's been around the block for a few years now. And yes, goes by many different names.

    February 27, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Evelyn Connaway

    Christie is no different than any of the other greedy republican governors! Except he's fatter. Grab all federal money coming their way. Medicaid, sure, as long as they get their cut from big management healthcare companies, like Perry stuck Texas with – and Rick Scott in Florida, he already knows how to screw the government. Did it before with Medicare. Someone mentioned asking him to become a democrat after his republican cohorts turned their nose up at him, because he pretended to be nice to Obama when he went to look over the damage done to NJ – it wasn't for Christie, it was for the people of NJ – or did people forget – Obama is their President , no matter whether they are democrat or republican – to Obama it makes no difference! But hey – Christie is not good enough to be a democrat!

    February 27, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Homer and Jethro

    One of the most puzzling delusions your right-wing masters have given you is the one about how no Democrat ever pays taxes, and how we all live well off of public assistance which comes right out of your dinky little paycheck. Not only is it a stupid idea, but five minutes with a calculator or one good long thought process is enough to show you it's impossible. I guess you actually know better, but somehow think it's an insult to us when you bray out stuff about "you most likely pay nothing." I am pretty sure that I pay more taxes than you do, and frankly I don't care if some hungry kids get lunch off of my extra dimes.

    February 27, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Homer and Jethro

    Fair seems pretty Foul to me. Get the guy a big, fluffy crying towel and show him where the Losers Club meets.

    February 27, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. max

    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 |
    ----------------------------------
    uh oh...look who is out and about. Judging by your predictions for the general elections why are we to believe you now. Let me try and get this....Romney was gonna win in a landslide...um what happened man?

    February 27, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Homer and Jethro

    Christie will never be president. Too fat and mean. But it was nice of him to admit that a winter storm hit New Jersey while a black man was president. Almost as if he knew what was actually happening.

    February 27, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. scallions1

    Christie is moving toward a presidential run, in which he will be a compassionate conservative like the old good guys were in the Republican party. I think he will have a very good chance of winning. I am not on his side and hope Hillary is our nominee, but he knows how to campaign and does a good job.

    February 27, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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