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. I Am God

    Seriously? Why do people vote in fools like Armey?

    June 4, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. harry

    Christie is very, very fat and he'd be happier aa a Democrat

    June 4, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. donna

    Dick Armey is the stupid one, didn't he have to resign from his seat. As a democrat the more I watch gov. Christie, the ore i'm beginning to like him. just because one is a republican, you don't always have to give in to the republicans. from what I seed gov. Christie is willing to reach out to get things done. for this, the republicans scold him. he is not a child, he can make his own decisions without the losers who are being nothing but obstructive and they not the president are the ones harming our country by not getting don what the American people want done; JOBS AND A JOB BILL.

    June 4, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Karen

    You are so very wrong, Mr. Armey. You are losing touch with what WE THE PEOPLE want..... A politician who DOES PLAY FAIR, who does not just seize a political opportunity, but makes decisions based on what will benefit the greater good, not just his own agenda. YOUR debilitating stupidity is what we're all tired of, when will you get the message?

    June 4, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Ray

    Well I am one Democrat that enjoys this man, and how he runs his state and politics. If he runs in 16 I will be one to support his campaign and Vote with my head and not because of any political commitment to the Democratic Party.

    June 4, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Darth cheney

    Chris Christie's moderate conservatism is the only remaining long-term hope for the GOP. Anyone who can't see that is debilitatingly stupid.

    June 4, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. want2believe

    Yeah why leave it up to the people in these politically divided times?

    June 4, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. phats6021

    I think Christie is great. I wish more in politics were like him.

    June 4, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. jeffc

    Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black?

    June 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Independent from K3

    Dick Armey must be losing his mind. It was just 6 months a go that a Democratic Governor called for a special election to fill a seat that a Democrat vacated in Illinois. What Christy did was the right thing to do and only polictal hacks that like the gamesmanship do what Armey suggests. Hats off to Gov Christy.

    June 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. mique

    They just can't stand it when anyone stands on their own two feet. Ducks in a row or they aren't happy campers.

    June 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Bob

    For republicans, giving the electorate a voice is stupidity. To me, modern republicans are disgusting, repugnant, power-mad, largely uneducated trash. The more Dick Armey and like-minded trash talk, the better chance that republicans will continue to lose elections.

    June 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. sly

    Are all Republicans anti-American? DIck Armey should move to North Korea, along with most Republicans.

    Apparently, the American values of Democracy, the right to freedom of representation, the right to vote, are NOT values of the Republican party.

    If Republicans inhabited Boston in 1776, they would have joined the British side.

    Sad, but all true.

    June 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. jzap

    He does what he thinks is right. Not a yes man for the GOP. He will get demo rates to vote for him as I will put him at the top of my list for president if he runs. Glad to see him being one of the few independent thinkers. Too bad they will try to put him through he'll like they did Hagel for doing the right thing and standing up for what is right and not along a party line.

    June 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. #GoodbyeGOP

    As time passes it's very difficult to relate to GOP, it seems that it's been taken over by extremist inside the party. While Reasonable Reps like Christie will eventually run off from the party. As much as I like the Dems, there should be a reasonable alternative project of a nation. No more obstructionism, but a constructive national debate.

    June 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Mike

    He's letting the people decide, and Armey is upset? I think that speaks for itself.

    June 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    Ah, the kindler gentler republican party. Hey, we will gladly take Christie. I don't always agree with him or his stances on issues, but then again, that is the great thing about being a Democrat... we don't always agree and we don't always march in the same manner. The republicans on the other hand goose step along in synche and will all go over the cliff together patting each other on the back, but doom to the party member that doesn't follow the ring in his nose.
    Don't believe me... your punishment, re-read the article.... point taken?

    June 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. david pordy

    Armey is the epitome of what is wring in our government today. I am well right of center, but I can't relate to his criticism of Christie in any way.

    June 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Dano

    If Dick Armey and the TP are against it, then it must be a good idea!

    June 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. mikeretired

    Don't forget that Armey is the one who started the teabaggers with other peoples money. Remember all those moronic candidates they put up for elections.

    June 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. David Q

    Sadly, this is just another example of why a moderate from either party will never have a chance any more. If you don't toe the extreme party line (and I'm talking both parties-this example just happens to be Republican), you get killed by your own leaders. Until we say "No more", we'll keep getting the same results....

    June 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. sassysticks53

    GOP calling Christie names means he's doing something right! Go Gov. Christie! And I'm a staunch democrat!

    June 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. ghamann

    It's sad that Armey never considered what the people of New Jersey would have wanted. They want someone to represent them, not a political party. Christie understood that. Too bad Armey (and many others) see the role of elected official as being a "friends collector." Keep the friends you have rather than trying to get friends you'll never have??? Christie was not elected to make GOP friends. He was elected to represent the people of New Jersey. Armey could learn something from him.

    June 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Sam

    Christie's not guilty of "debilitating stupidity". But Dick Armey is definitely guilty of "debilitating arrogance". Anyone whose name conjures up images of marching penises deserves no respect or credibility.

    June 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. Dave

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

    Well, considering that the previous Senator was a Democrat, that would make a lot of sense.

    Dick.

    June 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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