June 4th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Christie accused of 'debilitating stupidity' after election decision

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie's decision to set a special election this year to fill New Jersey's vacant Senate seat wasn't met with open arms Tuesday by a fellow Republican, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead," Armey accused the governor of trying to curry favor with Democrats by not appointing a Republican to the seat until 2014. He'll name an interim senator by next week to serve until the special election.

"All Christie has to do is appoint a Republican. That's the correct move for him to make," Armey said. "Now, I put it down as debilitating stupidity. The first rule of politics is 'Don't lose the friends you already have for the friends you're never going to get.' And if he thinks the Democrats are going to love him for being the guy who plays fair rather than takes the political opportunity he's crazy."

A Democratic governor would have "seized the opportunity" and appointed a senator from his own party, Armey argued Tuesday.

"People that run for office in politics make political decisions rather than policy decisions often commit debilitating stupidity," Armey said. "Most often it's done by the left, but frequently done by Republicans as well."

Until last year, Armey served as the chairman of the conservative, tea party-aligned group FreedomWorks.


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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    And Dick Armey should know all about the disorder, having been afflicted with it for years. He decided against treatment....

    June 4, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Crooked Bridge

    Christie's making an end around the Republicans and they can't even see it. Goes to show how little they understand how bad their brand has gotten.

    June 4, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. timverba

    Mr. Armey forgets that Christie wants the federal government to work. He does not want to tear it down. Therefore, Governor Christie feels that retaining a sensible Democratic majority Senate will help to check against the the wayward Republican House of Representatives.

    June 4, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    And the serpent swallows its tail...

    June 4, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Freedom works aka the KKK of our times. armey who? He is another one who is so entrenched with the tea trolls that it should keep them for receiving tax exempt status.
    Roaches coming out od the wood works.

    June 4, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Armey accused the governor of trying to curry favor with Democrats
    -------------------------------------------------
    Christie unlike you Armey realizes that he needs to "curry favor with Democrats" in order to win re-election in his largely Democratic state.
    It would seem to me that you're the one suffering from an incurable case of the shtoopids contracted, no doubt, from exposure to your completely infested and infectious Party.

    June 4, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Pete

    Dick Armey has about as much credibility as a pimple on the annis of life even thou republicans the ignorent ones adore him...Armey with his radical republican agendas hasn't proven anything except being wrong about Romney in the last election with Rove and you know how that game ended didn't yah republicans....

    June 4, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Very Plain Very Simple

    The first rule of politics is 'Don't lose the friends you already have for the friends you're never going to get.' And if he thinks the Democrats are going to love him for being the guy "WIHO PLAYS FAIR rather than takes the political OPPORTUNITY he's crazy."

    This is why you sir are fading in the sunset with the "old" ideas of politics!!!! Plain and simple....

    June 4, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Dick heads a group called "Freedom Works," yet he doesn't think letting the people of New Jersey democratically elect a replacement for the late Senator Lautenberg is a good idea ...

    No wonder the teatrolls are a laughing stock ...

    June 4, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Correction: "Dick heads" should read "Dick headed".

    Kinda describes the man, doesn't it? ;)

    June 4, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. it must be said

    He's right. Christie is going to learn the hard way that the only thing in the middle of the road is road kill. He'll lose his base and Democrats will vote for Democrats as they always do. They will only lie to him and say he's a good guy but will not vote for him.

    June 4, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. RL

    The citizens of New Jersey elected a Democrat so a Democrat should be appointed.

    June 4, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Scotty

    Good to see Mr. Armey has, so far, evaded going to jail. In fact Gov. Christie has done the most fair thing, allowing the voters to decide. I thought that what was democracy was all about.

    June 4, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Chaerlotte

    The only debilitating stupidity is the hyperpartisan behavior of these thugwhacks. Last thing the Senate needs is another treasonous teawaggie.

    June 4, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Obama2012

    What if Christie just want to be fair!

    June 4, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Freedom Storm

    It is a governor's responsibility to appoint a new US Senator in such a case, and it sometimes requires courage.

    Responsibility and courage. Christie lacks both. Politically dead.

    June 4, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Uncle Jerry

    Or, he is doing what is right. As much as the GOP hates it, this is still a democratically elected government and therefore we should allow the general public to pick who they want.

    June 4, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Mr Baxter

    Dick, Dick, Dick. the blind refuse to see.

    June 4, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. brad

    GOPer? Really CNN? Your bias is showing again (as always).

    June 4, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Jim in California

    It's debilitiatingly stupid to let people elect thier Senators? This guy is debilitatingly stupid....

    June 4, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. asdf

    And people actually wonder why the republican party is shrinking? As an independent I would vote for Christie if elections were today – as long as his vp is not a teabagger.

    If he comes out tomorrow and calls dick armey an a.hole my vote is locked up for 2016!

    June 4, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. kristinakaye

    My impression of Governor Christie just took a giant leap forward. Maybe not what this "idiotic former House Majority Leader" wanted, but it sure showed me that Gov. Christie is aware of how badly the Republican Party has been playing for a long time. Congrats to Christie!!!

    June 4, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. NYVeteran

    SO he is a bad guy because he is being fair and governing instead of playing devise politics? Do any of you GOPers actually read this stuff?

    June 4, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Ah, the old guard of the GOP, where choosing democracy is tantamount to stupidity.

    June 4, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. ksam

    The former Congressman's name says it all...

    June 4, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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