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. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    ****************
    Don't complain about denial: you shilled for the Mormon aristocrat for 4 straight years, when he was the weakest major party candidate in living memory.

    March 5, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    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!
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    This "flawed intelligence"... was supplied by several different countries intelligence agencies, no? Oh, that's right... you believe it was all planted by Haliburton (the same people who created Katrina and steered it directly into NOLA). No, Rudy... it's YOU who has been bamboozled.

    March 5, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. SkyKing169

    The President has shown leadership.
    It is the Republican Congress that hasn't shown leadershp. In fact, they've even abdicated their responsibility. The Republican Congress has abandoned its stewardship of the Nation's assets.
    Republican President Eisenhower was a leader. He would tell Americans the truth whether it is what they wanted to hear or not. Among that was the responsibility to pay for what we use, to maintain what previous generations built for us, and to build, rebuild, upgrade and maintain our assets – highways, parks, buildings, banking system, safety nets for those unable to work or care for themselves, national defense to meet current and projected threats, not old and obsolete threats.
    What happened to our Republican leaders??
    We used to be the party of leaders, those to count on for responsible stewardship of our nation. We've become a bunch of patsys to the ideological extremists, many lawyers who are skilled at arguing and advocating but can't get a damn thing done.
    I was encouraged by Christie when he responded to Hurricane Sandy and worked with and praised those who helped, including the President of the opposing political party. He seemed like he had the necessary leadership, even if I dislike his brash and disrespectful New Jersey style. Now I'm not so sure. We're all Americans. We're all in this together. A real leader doesn't attack his teammates.

    March 5, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Sid Airfoil

    It's always funny to hear Reps rail against spending cuts. For decades, the Republicans have made their party into the party of spending cuts. And now that they have them, they want to complain that they are the WRONG cuts. Well, if they want to debate "good cuts" vs. "bad cuts", they will lose. they want to save the Pentagon and get tax cuts for the rich, while cutting entitlements. I'm not saying that all of those ideas are bad, but they certainly won't fly politically. ANd in any case, it's hard to bill yourself as a principled spending cutter, while defending spending on YOUR priorities. I guess that "CUT SPENDING" is not really the principle that Reps claim it is. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that "CUt SPENDING ON THE OTHER GUYS PRIORITIES" is their "principle".

    Sid

    March 5, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ Fair

    Yes, a spot is indeed being prepared for President Obama on Mt Rushmore. For your information just google... "The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama." Then let me know what you think.

    March 5, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. PatheticCNN

    @Sly & Blah Blah:

    President Obama's Legacy: A Failed Recovery & Recession Forever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "This "flawed intelligence"... was supplied by several different countries intelligence agencies, no? Oh, that's right... you believe it was all planted by Haliburton (the same people who created Katrina and steered it directly into NOLA). No, Rudy... it's YOU who has been bamboozled."

    That flawed intelligence was known to be flawed and the Dubya/Cheney regime even tacitly admitted it by outing Plame as revenge for her husband publicly pointing out that fact.

    March 5, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Laverne

    Guess Mr. Christie would like to speak at CPAC afterall!

    March 5, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. calamity jane

    @Tom Paine
    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.

    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.
    ************************************************************************

    How right you are Tom Paine – GWB accomplished more in his two terms – just think of how far we fell under him. From a surplus to a terrible debt for two unnecessary wars based on lies, thousands of young American lives now just a memory and war crimes that have no boundaries. And all in 8 years! Yes, this and much more he accomplished. Kudos to him.

    March 5, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. rufusvondufus

    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.

    blah blah wrote:
    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.
    ..............................................................................

    You, sir/madam whatever, are delusional. Democracy in Egypt? Bwaaahaaaahaaaahaaaahaaa! Libya? Same

    March 5, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "President Obama's Legacy: A Failed Recovery & Recession Forever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    That's certainly what the GOP/Teatrolls' plan was all along and why they've obstructed, manufactured crises, done nothing but pass symbolic legislation, filibustered everything, delayed nominations for record amounts of time, radicalized their base significanlty in comparison to where it was even just a decade ago, taken the country hostage on several issues/occassions, drawn ideological lines in the sand, stirred up racism with the birther nonsense and muslim demagoguery, created entire campaigns based on nothing but misinformation like "death panels," etc. By gloating over your imaginings that they'ev succeeded in ruining Obama's legacy, you merely admit that it was their plan to make everyone suffer in hopes it would get pinned on him. Too bad for you and the GOP/Teatrolls that polls show most people haven't been fooled.

    March 5, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Vader

    Christie has it right.

    There continues to be a colossal lack of leadership in Washington, on both sides of the aisle. The Repubs point at the President (but where is Pelosi and Reid in this mix?), the Dems point at the Repubs (rightly so), and while everyone points at everyone else, "Rome" smoulders.

    March 5, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Laurie in Spokane

    The President has shown leadership; it's the moronic republicans in Congress who are unbelievably criminally derelict in their duties. If I could, I'd throw all of them out – Dem's too and get some people in there who really care about this country rather than just their own political parties and agendas.

    March 5, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. TexaSam

    I get Christie's type. I grew up around them. He's not all bad, just stubborn with some "attytood". But there's a reason why we don't see too many bullies in charge in adulthood: They eventually come to a point where their bullying no longer works against mature adults. If they've never learned to play well with others, they have nothing to fall back on when they have to work with others towards a goal. Locking people in a room until you get what you want is not an option in the 21st Century. Unless your voting for a new Pope.

    March 5, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Fair

    By the way, I'll send you a bumper sticker.

    March 5, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Candy Wilson

    Medicare Is NOT an entitlement! I paid! Like everyone else that is covered paid. Then Congress borrrowed from that money and borrowed and borrowed. It was not touchable, but it was more than touched. Congress wants to cut Medicare as they are not covered. No, they have a wonderful retirement plan that they voted for. Gee, I wish I could vote on these Republicans and get them out of Office. Mitch McConnell and his 10 million and so on and on and on.

    March 5, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "Don't complain about denial: you shilled for the Mormon aristocrat for 4 straight years, when he was the weakest major party candidate in living memory."
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    Maybe you're younger than me, but Walter Mondale and George McGovern are neck-and-neck for that honor. Both on the popular vore and the electoral college. You should easily be able to verify that.

    March 5, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Jerry

    First of all, the Social Security system is NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. It was paid for by our hard earned dollars that we paid into the system. We need to get everyone out of the SS system that did not work and pay into it except legal spouses that deserve their spouse's payments. Everyone else out!!! Put them into the wlefare system where they belong....

    March 5, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Fair

    And do you know why President Obama's statute is being erected left of Lincoln??? Well, its because he's Number One.

    March 5, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Funny how these republicans always blame everyone else for the problems they create.

    March 5, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Christie for Pres 2016

    Is there anyway we can change President Obama right now for Christie?

    March 5, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Vince

    Wow...someone has changed his tune after voting for a man who had embraced "cut cut cut".

    March 5, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. RINO Bill

    Perhaps Christie is starting to suck up to conservatives/Tea Partiers since he did not get invited to their little get together.

    March 5, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Jerry

    Everyone spending problem we've ever had in this country has been as a result of the Democrats wanting to do give aways...

    March 5, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Publius Novus

    It is true that the President can't lock McConnell and Boehner in a room for negotiations. But Harry Ried could convene the Senate and refuse to adjourn until a bill passed. And he should.

    March 5, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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