Spending cuts rile Christie, who blasts lack of 'leadership'
March 4th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
2 years 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. Sly

    "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."
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    Ah ... ignorance is bliss, and this blogger is a very very happy fellow.

    Yes, President Bush was really great – and the people of Syria and Iraq are truly free and happy. Thank you Bush – you indeed did win the war.

    Oh ... but somehow the Republican bozo's in this world (redundant) seem unaware that our deficit soared to record levels under both Bush's, while the last 2 Democratic Presidents had a much more balanced budget.

    Oh well ... ignorance is bliss, and that big-eared Republican Jindal said: "GOP – stop being so damn STUPID!".

    March 5, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    FY2001 – Clinton – Deficit $130 Billion

    Same source – Adelphi University.

    Thanks for asking.
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    Same trend. Deficit spending increased significantly from one year to the next under Pres, Bush. Deficit spending has steadily decreased under Pres. Obama. Thanks, again, for posting it.

    March 5, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Fair

    While the GOPT like to stress fiscal responsibility and accuse President Obama of wasteful spending after their self manufactured economic crisis and secerely inflated national debt...

    Mr. Rex Nutting, reporter for CBS Market Watch and affiliate of the Wall Street Journal wrote two years ago that government spending under President Obama, including his signature stimulus bill, is rising at a 1.4 percent annual pace – slower than at any time in nearly 60 years, citing data from the CBO, Office of Management and Budget and an independent financial firm.

    Another reporter, Rick Ungar of Forbes Magazine cited a report from Marketwatch which reported that President Obama is so far the lowest spender since President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    The following list the slowest spending in decades...Annual growth of federal spending:

    Reagan – 82-85 = 8.7
    Reagan – 86-89 = 4.9
    Bush I – 90-93 = 5.4
    Clinton – 94-97 = 3.2
    Clinton – 98-01 = 3.9
    Bush II – 02-05 = 7.3
    Bush II – 06-09 = 8.1
    Obama – 10-13 = 1.4

    March 5, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Kathy

    If you righties woud be align attention, President Obama as said several times that he s ready to compromise. He has his pen ready to sign a compromised bill. But the republicans would rather skip town. And let's get one thing clear as a reminder...President Clinton left a huge surplus to George Bush who then spent it and put us into further debt because of 2 wars, the donut hole for seniors, both not paid for and huge amounts of tax give aways to the very wealthy. Close the tax loopholes, make corp ay taxes again and make the wealthy pay their far share (a15%tax rate whie most here are aging 23%), we the republican lead congress work for their pay and we wouldn't be having this conversation. It's what Obama ran on and he won the election – get over it.

    March 5, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @sly

    Thanks for the laughter but easy on the Kool-Aid.

    March 5, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. MikeMongo

    Any successful leader will understand that in leading people you have to represent ALL equities, of ALL people, not just your own. A leader who does not take into account the needs of all the people they lead will fail. The GOP, to give the devils their due, have offered to allow the President to spread the cuts around, but the President's steadfast adherence to a political agenda has not allowed him to break to a more moderate, middle-of-the-road approach to leadership. Leadership FAIL.

    March 5, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. g

    i guess made in china was not a good idea afterall

    March 5, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It seems to me that it should be pretty easy to fix,"

    I don't know about that, Mr. Christie. Last time I looked that great shining city on the hill was emitting the most god-awful stench. Which surprises me actually, considering the money spent building it. I spent 10 years trudging up that hill ... only to find that damn city had become nothing more than a gated community for the rich and powerful.

    Oh, and the stench? Greed. Unadulterated greed.

    March 5, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Ali

    Where in Christie's statement is he actually criticizing the President and not Congress? He only mentions leadership in Washington. Knowing Christie, he is criticizing the lack of leadership in the legislative branch as well as the executive branch.

    March 5, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    The only reason why Christie did this is get back on CPAC's speakers' list. A week ago he was accepting funds for Obamacare, which the House GOP is not trying to cut ( nice manufactured crisis they have created, just to stop the ACA from being implemented). What Christie says is ultimately unimportant, but to lodge blame on the president when the House stopped talking to him months ago is beyond juvenile. This is the same group of people that cheerfully screwed Christie out of funds while they gobble up money from NY, NY, etc. and will be cheering while the NRA is sponsoring a NASCAR event with the flood of donations they made after the massacre in Newtown .The fact that the righties posting that this is all Obama's fault shows that the blinkers are on and the kool aide is being generously distributed to keep them from realizing they are being played by their Objectivist masters yet again.

    March 5, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Denny

    Kathy

    If you righties woud be align attention, President Obama as said several times that he s ready to compromise. He has his pen ready to sign a compromised bill. But the republicans would rather skip town. And let's get one thing clear as a reminder...President Clinton left a huge surplus to George Bush who then spent it and put us into further debt because of 2 wars, the donut hole for seniors, both not paid for and huge amounts of tax give aways to the very wealthy. Close the tax loopholes, make corp ay taxes again and make the wealthy pay their far share (a15%tax rate whie most here are aging 23%), we the republican lead congress work for their pay and we wouldn't be having this conversation. It's what Obama ran on and he won the election – get over it.
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    Ummmm, Kathy, pay attention. Obama lies all the time!!!!

    March 5, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    correction, the House GOP is cutting funds from the ACA, and manufacturing this crisis to do it.

    March 5, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. ObaWendon

    Is the President suppose to arrest Congress if they won't sit down and begin to work on a comprimise? Maybe that would be a good thing. We can't fire them until their term is up, we can't reduce their pay since they make the law that governs their pay. The President has put forward bills, and other ideas that are just round filed immediately by Boehner's gang of children. The Senate is not acting like adults either by any means. I fully blame Congress, completely and fully for the mess we are in. The world is watching and laughing. We are becoming weak and ripe for huge problems down the road. What country would help us with Clowns as leadership? Obama needs to find a way to make them work together, but sadly I feel prejudice is the ruling issue here.

    March 5, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. SV

    I disagree with the President. I think having the Secret Service keep McConnell and Boehner locked up in a room is a marvelous idea. Oh, if only the President was as big of a thug as the GOP fears. Oh, if only.

    March 5, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    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. ...
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    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
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    And the wars were authorized by congress with plenty of democrats voting in favor. Rudy, Sniffit, Dom Mom, and the rest of you may have forgotten about it as well.

    March 5, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ Fair

    Yes, President Obama is indeed the Grestest President in U.S. history simply because he has accomplished more in four years than that accomplished by any former two-term Presidents in U.S. history. Secondly, he has inherited more turmoil than any other President in U.S. history, has had to deal with two foreign wars, an economic crisis and a divided congress thaty said their number one goal is for he and the country to fail. Nevertheless, our courageous and truimphant President has weathered the storm and has stablized the economy, reform Wall Street, save our Auto Industry, put millions of Americans back to work and has made health insurance affordable for all Americans.

    He has ended one war, has set a deadline to end a second, has helped to bring democracy to Egypt, Libya and South Sudan and he has strenghtened our national security by getting rid of OBL and dozens of other al Qaeda operatives. And that is just a fraction of his historic and record setting accomplishments.

    March 5, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. julie

    auh, is christie sorry he praised the pres...didn't get an invite to the CPAC, now kissing up to gop saying he is sooo sorry.please please now invite me, i want to be part of this great group of politicians that represnt the TRUE AMERICA I have come to love...

    March 5, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    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
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    And the wars were authorized by congress with plenty of democrats voting in favor. Rudy, Sniffit, Dom Mom, and the rest of you may have forgotten about it as well.
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    Based on manufactured and/or cherry-picked intelligence: you appear to have forgotten that, at least in the case of Iraq. Afghanistan, where my nephew is serving his second tour, was placed on the back burner, with the results that we have been seeing. Besides, after, the 2002 midterms, most Democrats were reluctant to speak out against the war, especially after Max Cleland was smeared and swift-boated. Your side tried to use the war as a backdrop to create Karl Rove's permanant GOP majority. Never let a crisis, real or imagined, go to waste, eh?

    March 5, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Saboth

    Republicans: they are for spending cuts unless it cuts something they want, and they are for lower spending unless they are the ones holding the purse strings.

    March 5, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    And the wars were authorized by congress with plenty of democrats voting in favor. Rudy, Sniffit, Dom Mom, and the rest of you may have forgotten about it as well.
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    Democrats were bamboozled into supporting the war because they were given flawed intelligence. Make sure you that don't forget that!

    March 5, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ Fair

    Yes, President Obama is indeed the Grestest President in U.S. history simply because he has accomplished more in four years than that accomplished by any former two-term Presidents in U.S. history.
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    Either you've been bamboozled or you're delusional.

    But I'll play along... as "The Greatest President in US History", should we be preparing a spot on Mount Rushmore for him?

    P.S. Denial isn't a river in Egypt.

    March 5, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. ChrisCrisco

    He should be lecturing his own party. They're the ones who don't have "compromise" in their vocabulary.

    March 5, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "And the wars were authorized by congress with plenty of democrats voting in favor. Rudy, Sniffit, Dom Mom, and the rest of you may have forgotten about it as well."

    They were LIED TO in order to garner their votes. No, we didn't forget.

    March 5, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    During the debt ceiling hearings two years ago, conservatives riled about the national debt and continued to stress fiscal responsibility, yet while they controlled the House and Senate and Executive branches of govt for eight years, could not explained why we ended up with record, unemployment, high inflation, a housing crisis, a broken financial infrastructure and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. If the GOP had all the answers to fiscal leadership and economic growth, then why the self inflicted economic crisis? Now all of a sudden they have the answers to economic growth and debt reduction??? Simply ludicrous.

    By the way, During Reagan's tenure, the debt ceiling was raised a record 19 times and under GWB the debt ceiling was raised 7 times. Under President Obama the debt ceiling was raised 3 times. And note... neither Reagan or GWB inherited an economic crisis where there was a need to raise the debt ceiling to get us through the economic crisis. Furthermore, during GWB's tenure, government spending was increased more times than spending of the sis Presidents preceding him. In 8 years, President Clinton increased the federal budget by 11 percent while GWB increased the federal budget a whopping 104 percent.

    March 5, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Ali wrote:

    Where in Christie's statement is he actually criticizing the President and not Congress? He only mentions leadership in Washington. Knowing Christie, he is criticizing the lack of leadership in the legislative branch as well as the executive branch.
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    He did. Christie blasting Pres. Obama is not in dispute, he did it. While the exact quotes may not appear in this article, Christie made other remarks where he suggests that Pres. Obama should confine the most interested parties in a room until a compromise is reached. Please note, that suggestion is the exact OPPOSITE of what Pres. Obama had said the previous day.

    March 5, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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