Christie: It's 'irresponsible' to threaten a government shutdown
September 27th, 2013
09:23 AM ET
1 year ago

Christie: It's 'irresponsible' to threaten a government shutdown

Washington (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he's not in favor of the Republican-led strategy to defund the federal health care law by tying it to a spending bill, a maneuver that risks a government shutdown if Congress doesn't reach a deal before the Tuesday deadline.

Asked in a CBS News interview if Republicans should be threatening a shutdown over Obamacare, the Republican governor said "no."


"I think there's got to be a solution other than that," he continued. "I think quite frankly, to be fair, I don't think you hear responsible Republican leaders advocating a shutdown of the government."

Christie is often mentioned as a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate along with Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, who have all been at the front of the defund-Obamacare effort that could lead to a shutdown.

Some conservatives say they're not trying to shut down the government; rather, they say their plan keeps the government afloat. If the measure fails, it's the Democrats who are voting against it, they say.

But moderate Republicans in the Senate tend to argue the tactic is too dangerous. And Christie agrees.

"I think it's always irresponsible if you're running the government to be advocating for shutting it down," he said. "That by definition is a failure. You gotta work it out."

The governor, who's up for re-election in November, said he's confident Congress will "work it out" this weekend.

"I don't think anyone wants to go down that road," he said.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ralph_in_FL

    Calling for responsible behavior. Cannot be a real Republican. Must be a RINO.

    September 27, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. rs

    "I think there's got to be a solution other than that," he continued. "I think quite frankly, to be fair, I don't think you hear responsible Republican leaders advocating a shutdown of the government."
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    If Christie (McCain, and many other "resonable" GOPpers) actually beileve this- when are they going to reign in the radicals?
    The proble is looking like because the GOP doesn't have it's act together, it has set our nation up to fail NO MATTER what the Demoocrats and the President do. All of this, then is the fault of the dysfunctional Right-wing.

    September 27, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. ritmocojo

    One of the few GOPers with brains. A dying breed in that party of what's become nothing but Fright Wingers.

    September 27, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. svscnn

    Christie is the best chance the GOP has for the 2016 Whitehouse bid. He's the only contender sensible enough to appeal to the moderate Independent voters who ultimately decide elections.

    That said, he'll never clear their extremist primary process, so it's a moot point.

    September 27, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. sly

    It is un-American to try to shut down our government.

    The Tea Party is the American version of the Nazi party, and we need to destroy that party.

    September 27, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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