Spending cuts rile Christie, who blasts lack of 'leadership'
March 4th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Spending cuts rile Christie, who blasts lack of 'leadership'

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn't kidding when he said last year that "when the president does things that deserve scorn, I'll give him scorn."

Those comments were made after the Republican governor received some blowback from members of his party for praising the president following Superstorm Sandy. He defended himself by saying "When the president does things that deserve praise, I will give him praise," adding he would also freely criticize Obama if he disagreed with his actions.

On Monday, that criticism came during a press conference, when Christie described a lack of "real leadership" in Washington as massive forced spending cuts take effect.

"Real leadership would get this fixed," Christie said during the event. "You get everybody in the room and you fix it, and you don't let them leave until you fix it."

Obama himself was asked last Friday why he couldn't do just that, responding to a question from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin by saying he can't "force Congress to do the right thing."

"I am not a dictator, I'm the president," he said while speaking to reporters in the White House Press Briefing Room. "Ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, I can't have Secret Service block the doorway."

Christie seemed incredulous Monday that something more couldn't be done to avert the massive spending cuts, which took affect Friday. And he appeared perplexed that a deal hasn't yet been struck to shift the spending cuts to other areas of the federal budget.

"I don't understand it. I don't understand why they haven't fixed it already. It seems to me that it should be pretty easy to fix," Christie said, adding later that he thought Congress needed to address spending on entitlements like Medicare and Social Security.

"The worst thing about sequester in my view is that they're not spending any time talking about entitlement spending, which is where we need to focus on over the long haul to make a big difference in terms of our long term fiscal health as a country."


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  1. Sniffit

    ASK THE QUESTION, CNN:

    What would you have done differently in the same situation that would have magically convinced the GOP/Teatrolls to compromise?

    You won't ask it because you know the answer: THERE'S NOTHING HE COULD HAVE DONE. It was the cornerstone of their strategery for the past 5 years and will be going forward: obstruct, prevent progress, manufacture crises, draw arbitrary lines in the sand, make ridiculous ideological demands, pass symbolic legislation only, filibuster everything, cause as much gridlock as possible, take things hostage in hopes of threatening the country into making concessions, etc. They decided early on that they had to burn the village to save it, i.e., in order to get back the WH for 2012...and thereby prevent any progress from being made that would disprove their trickle-down, supply-side, tax cuts for the wealthy plutocratic BS.

    March 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Scoot

    A message to the closed minded even more bigoted left wing liberal trolls:
    What makes your half black/half white president the greatest? What has he done that's so great? All I've seen him do is campaign and raise taxes on everyone. He did nothing to control the increasing the cost of healthcare. and he list goes on... BLAH BLAH BLAH..

    March 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Pete

    @Rudy NYC,throw in the corruption,bribery indictments as past NJ AG now being investigated by the new democratic AG of Christies state.He'd never get past the primaries because his sanctumonious brethren would tear him publicly to shreds and republican posters know it,remember Perry,Bachmann how they got roasted publicly ,you know the rest don't yah republicans because we do!!

    March 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. PatheticCNN

    President Bush was a Liberator. He liberated People of Afghanistan and Iraq from Dictator While President Obama is a Debtator. He has indebted People of America with $6 Trillion in Debt just over last four years.

    March 5, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    A message to the envy jealous bigoted racist right wing trolls:

    President Obama is the Grestest President in U.S. history and there's nothing you right wing trolls can do about it. You can learn to live with it or go drink Kool-Aid.
    ----
    Mmmmph... mmmph.... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

    Oh wait... you're not serious, are you?

    March 5, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. workhard03

    Some of the blind love for Obama on these post is mindboggling. The President and Harry Ried don't do anything to cut spending. All they want is to tax tax and tax some more, Big Gov! People on these post are disgusting, WHo cares...take other people's money! Thank god they don't have the house as well or this counrty would be Greece faster than you can say Opa. Learderless country right now.

    March 5, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Bush – 8 years, $6103 Billion, $5223 Billion with TARP repayment
    Obama – 4 years, $5048 Billion

    Obama, in 4 years, has added just as much to the debt as Bush did in 8."

    Because Obama put the freekin wars on the books and Bush didn't. Everyone knows the accounting games Bush played. Raw numbers prove nothing. Correlation is not causation. You have to look under the hood....which is precisely where the GOP/Teatrolls don't want anyone looking. You cry and rant and tantrum "stop blaming Bush" as you r weapon of mass distraction, but it's not blame, it's the explanation. Stating the reasons for things happening isn't playing the blame game. It's called accepting reality and learning from it.

    March 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Michael L

    Ancient Texan

    Blah,blah, Pssst. 51% is NOT a landslide.
    ------------------

    If the election was based on popular vote, I'd agree with you. However, we use the electoral college here in the U.S.A. and that is what Obama was focused on winning, which he did to perfection. Bringing up the popular vote is irrelevant. Mitt got killed.

    March 5, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. kevin

    In other words, if Obama doesn't bow to Republican calls to gut social security and medicare, effectively throwing the elderly out in the street to die, then he's not leading.
    WRONG !!!

    March 5, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair posted:

    Bush – 8 years, $6103 Billion, $5223 Billion with TARP repayment
    Obama – 4 years, $5048 Billion

    Obama, in 4 years, has added just as much to the debt as Bush did in 8.
    ----------–
    Too bad that you didn't show the numbers for FY2001. It showed a $300 billion surplus, meaning a net difference from one year to the next of $700 billion. According to your own numbers, the annual deficit exploded under Bush, a Republican. And, it is being reduced every year under Obama, a Democrat. Explains why Pres. Obama was re-elected.

    March 5, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    it's time for President Obama to accept the fact that the Repubs care more about hurting our country than helping it. You can debate whether the Repubs think their policies of favoring the rich will result in economic prosperity for our nation as a whole; reality tells us otherwise and frankly, it's time to stop indulging their delusions – PERIOD!

    March 5, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Chris

    So this guy is "riled"? Don't worry dude, all of us TAXPAYERS are "riled" also. We're "riled" about rising taxes, rising costs, increased payrolls for government employees, a continued great retirement program for government employees, more money for our so called "leaders" in Congress and the President. And most of all, increased welfare rolls and military wars where we do not belong. Come on Governor, get "riled" about big brother spending that is a waste! Let's trim back, but trim back in the right places. Start with that $50 Billion a year in foreign aid. Cut that about 80%, only helping those desperately poor and starving nations. Let's insist that people young enough to work and living off the "dole" of welfare, public housing, food stamps, Obamacare (for free), have time limits for each of these HANDOUTS. Get them where they have to work, at whatever menial tasks they can perform. We have a "handout" line that is as long as the working line and we workers are tired of paying for loafers.

    March 5, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. hood1707

    So, Christie is all upset about the Cuts. Great. Now tell us what you think the President should do. Or for that matter what members of your own party should do. Here is a reality check for many of you on this list. People will complain about this when it hits/hurts them and their interest. These cuts are going to hit New Jersey hard. This is why Christie iis whinning. He was all in favor of the cuts when it did not touch him or his state. Shoes on the foot now, Gov. How does it feel?

    March 5, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Fair

    The Clinton Surplus the GOP squandered – $230 Billion

    The GOP's Iraqi and Afghan war totals you ommitted, $5.5 Trillion

    Bush's failed and ineffective Prescription Drug Program – $1 Trillion

    Bush Era Tax Cuts for the rich – $1.2 Trillion

    The GOP's TARP bailout that failing Wall Street banks gave to their partying CEOs – $700 Billion

    The GOP's Pork Barrell Earmark to Gravina Island's Bridge-to-nk-where – $398 million

    O' and by the way, the two stimulus bills passed by the Obama administration were done so out of NECESSITY to stabilize and restore the economy, create jobs and get America over the GOP manufactured economic crisis. And if there were NO financial crisis, there would not have been any need for these stimulus bill. Finally, unlike the reckless and wasteful spending on the Iraqi and Afghan wars, the funding for the Affordable Care Act was spent in America on Americans and the ACA is designed to reduce our national deficit by $230 Billion over ten years, while reducing health care costs for all Americans and making health insurance affordable for all Americans. And if you ask me, I believe a healthier America is simply a stronger America.

    March 5, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Fair is Fair
    All that pushing and clamoring for CNN to post the fact that the Crawford Village Idiot conveniently left the cost of TWO wars off the books. Costs that promptly were added to the deficit as soon as Obama took office.
    Additonally, Dubya didn't have to jump start the economy that he presided over and watched crash while he cut shrub with multiple injections of stimulus monies as was the case as soon as President Obama took office.

    March 5, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem: We have a Republican problem.

    @Fair is Fair: GW Bush eliminated the surplus Clinton left him. How? By waging two unfunded wars and passing unfunded Medicare Part D.

    GW Bush cuts taxes twice during wartime – something that has NEVER been done IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. President Obama inherited this mess and has, in spite of unrelenting GOP opposition, started to turn things around, including presiding over continuous private sector job growth since May 2010.

    You need to accept the FACT that the GOP has been thwarting the will of the people ever since we elected President Obama (and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate in 2008 and cast more votes for Democrats in both houses in 2012).

    We don't have a spending problem: We have a Republican problem.

    March 5, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. bcrunner

    @ Fair is Fair: You forgot one thing in your charts. Bush started with a surplus which took him only 2 years to destroy and turn into a deficit. And, then he destroyed the economy and handed it over to Obama with a $1.3 Trillion annual deficit... Obama would have been thrilled if he had inherited the economy and surplus like Bush inherited.. POST THIS!!

    March 5, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair posted:

    Bush – 8 years, $6103 Billion, $5223 Billion with TARP repayment
    Obama – 4 years, $5048 Billion

    Obama, in 4 years, has added just as much to the debt as Bush did in 8.
    ----–
    Too bad that you didn't show the numbers for FY2001. It showed a $300 billion surplus, meaning a net difference from one year to the next of $700 billion. According to your own numbers, the annual deficit exploded under Bush, a Republican. And, it is being reduced every year under Obama, a Democrat. Explains why Pres. Obama was re-elected
    -------
    FY2001 – Clinton – Deficit $130 Billion

    Same source – Adelphi University.

    Thanks for asking.

    March 5, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pssst. 51% is NOT a landslide
    -------------------------------------------------
    Actually it is Ancient....and 53% the ACTUAL number is a TSUNAMI when you add it to the electoral college womping that the I-thought-was-going-to-win Twit took from the hands of Obama.
    Obama swept the floor with your boy's pompadour. No crumbs were left, and it took Mitt and his wife MONTHS and many family and professional interventions to show their face in public again. THAT'S how bad he got his arse whipped.

    March 5, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. NoTags

    I would like to hear more about what Christie wants to do with Social Security and Medicare. Neither program has ever added one dime to our debt other than the interest the government has to pay on borrowed money. Social Security Trust Funds hold $2.67 trillion of our debt and Medicare Trust Funds hold $324.57 billion of the debt.

    For whatever reason the public tends to believe that most of our debt is held by foreign countries such as China. This is incorrect, China holds approximately $1.169 trillion of our debt and Japan holds $1.083 trillion. The amount the U.S. owes the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds (a little over $3 trillion) is almost equal to ALL of our debt to foreign nations, i.e. $3.4 trillion.

    March 5, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    blah blah ... wrote:

    ..O' and by the way, the two stimulus bills passed by the Obama administration were done so out of NECESSITY to stabilize and restore the economy, create jobs and get America over the GOP manufactured economic crisis. And if there were NO financial crisis, there would not have been any need for these stimulus bill. ...
    -------------
    Don't forget about the Stimulus bill, which Republicans had supported and Bush signed into law, in June 2008, at the height of The Great Recession. Fair is Fair may have forgotten about it, having noted TARP but Bush's 12 figure Stimulus bill.

    March 5, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. teb0504

    Awww! Poor Christie!!! I bet he won't be hugging on Obama now!!!

    March 5, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem: We have a Republican problem.

    @Chris: You go on and on about how much government employees are paid, etc. If you want to attract the best, you compensate them well. Don't you want the best working for the people?

    If you were to compare pay and benefits for government employees vs those in the private sector with the same education, experience and responsibilities, you would find that government employees, in general, are not paid more.

    That's a little FACT that you'll never hear on Fox ...

    March 5, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama and @ Wake Up People:

    @ Lynda Minnesota:
    "At one point it was rather humorous. Now, it's just old. Too old"
    Loved your post my friend. You voiced my sentiments. This used to be entertaining, we even learned something once in a while. It has devolved into a rabid irrational hate-fest, loaded with misinformation on both sides of the thread.
    ===========================

    Yeah. Romper Room 101... signed, sealed, and delivered courtesy of corporate media stooges.

    But, hey. It COULD have been worse. We could have ended up actually CARING what the haters (and the media) think ... !

    March 5, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem: We have a Republican problem.

    @Fair is Fair: FY 2001 wasn't Clinton's; it was Bush's (he took office in January of 2001).

    CNN Money: "The U.S. government's budget surplus shrank in 2001, the Treasury Department reported Monday, dragged down by a sluggish economy, falling tax revenue and the impact of last month's terror attacks."

    March 5, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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