Chris Christie: 'If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself'
October 11th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
9 months ago

Chris Christie: 'If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself'

(CNN) - Exactly how disgusted is Chris Christie with the total lack of compromise in Washington?

"If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself," the Republican governor of New Jersey told the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board. The response came when Christie was asked what he would do if he was a member of the upper chamber during the current crisis.

"This is why I've never had any interest in being in a legislative body," the Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Christie as saying.

Christie, considered a likely 2016 contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is currently sailing ahead in the polls in his reelection fight with Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.

In the shutdown fight, Christie has strayed far from the Republican talking points on the brinksmanship between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans.

While no fan of Obamacare, Christie said late last month he also wasn't a fan of the Republican tactics that helped lead to the shutdown.

"I think quite frankly, to be fair, I don't think you hear responsible Republican leaders advocating a shutdown of the government," Christie told CBS News.

Christie has been equally critical of Obama, calling on the President to show more leadership than Christie has seen.

"My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you're dealing with, and say we're not leaving this room until we fix this problem, because I'm the boss. I'm in charge," Christie said of the negotiations at an event for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

"No matter where the partisanship is, the failure is in people not bringing people together to get it done," added Christie.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    ""My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you're dealing with, and say we're not leaving this room until we fix this problem, because I'm the boss. I'm in charge,""

    First, with respect to meeting, Obama's doing that. Second, with respect to the bravado portion of his response, are you kidding me? What a load of nonsense. Were Obama to pull a stunt and say things like that, the GOP/Teatrolls would be out the door and on the way to a press conference within seconds and the MSM would promptly start helping them message that Obama was acting like a dictator, refusing to compromise, blowing up negotiations, etc. Christie's just blowing smoke, because if he were Obama and dealing with the right wing clown show that he's had to put up with for 5 years, not to mention the MSM that enables it, he'd never do or say anything like what he just said unless he's a bigger wang-waving fool than I already thought.

    October 11, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Lisa P.

    Suicide is the coward's way out. Not a comment that speaks well for Gov. Christie.

    October 11, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Former Republican

    Take out the Tea Party before you do it!

    October 11, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Do you think these Rethuglicans care??? Do you think Obama did not give these laxatives to those idiots go GOP? Those animals are like wild chase goose in the barn for their grass. Wild, man–I bet Obama tried and tired too.

    October 11, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Ya gotta love this guy!!!!!i think all the house teaparty idiots should do the sucide vest thing and go home to their family!!!!!

    October 11, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Thomas

    "If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself,

    He won't ever be the President , so after his two terms as Governor , let's see if he kills himself .

    October 11, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Liking Christi doesn't take the GOP teabums off the hook, their GOP train wreck is coming in 2014 midterms, especially in the house and Cruz , Rubio and lee better get ready for the unemployment line and take the idiot king from Iowa with you along with the GOP garbage of America Florida legislature, Scott and radel too!!!!

    October 11, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    "because I'm the boss"

    Studies have shown that when people in authority positions start barking about their bosshood, others tune right out. Gotta earn respect, not just proclaim it ... bub.

    October 11, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. O'drama ya Mama

    "My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you're dealing with, and say we're not leaving this room until we fix this problem, because I'm the boss. I'm in charge," Christie said of the negotiations at an event for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

    While this approach is probably the best one, Christie fails to understand one thing. Anytime Obama actually does lead the right wing calls him a dictator and a tyrant for doing so.

    October 11, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Come on Chris, why would any respectable person want to be a republican, I think they should all hang themselves,starting with Cruz and lee and Rubio and the list goes on!!!!!

    October 11, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    "My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you're dealing with, and say we're not leaving this room until we fix this problem, because I'm the boss. I'm in charge," Christie said of the negotiations at an event for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, and the rethugs would acquiesce to you whereas they accuse President Obama of being a "dictator" for attempting to do the same thing,

    October 11, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. rs

    Another alternative- ditch the TEA critters.

    October 11, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Jersey Guy

    Washington is not as easy as Christie thinks. Those guys will drive you crazy.
    Foolish move by Obama. He took the pressure off the republicans. The drop in the market 2 days ago made the republican more reasonable. By keeping silent and allowing the market to rally the puppet master for the republicans is happy and so they can continue to run around and do and say what they want so long as puppet master's stocks keeps going up. If Obama had spoken up when the market was open then a) stocks would drop b) puppet master would be mad c) republicans would give Obama what he wants and democrats would be on the way to living happily ever after.

    Obama needs to speak up when the stock market is open. If this ransoming stuff works it will definitely not be the last time and more than likely it will become more frequent.

    October 11, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. ED1

    Why don't you so called smart people wise up and see Obama who he really is.

    It's incredible that 37% of Americans think that this unqualified, incompetent, dishonorable, ego-driven fraud is doing a good job. Take a moment. Admit it to yourself. You know who his supporters are. They are the people that YOU support – financially.

    Did you notice who Obama threatened when he wasn't getting his way on raising the debt ceiling? He threatened to not pay:

    – Social Security Retirees

    – Military Retirees

    – Social Security Disability, and Federal Retirees.

    – Now let this sink in really well...

    – He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens.

    – He did not threatened to take frivolous benefits such as Internet access away from violent inmates.

    – He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired.

    – He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around. $20 Million already spent on family vacations. (One Million on a FL golf outing). All our money...why not?

    – He did not threaten to not pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff.

    – He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients or to stop the free cell phones they get.

    – He did not threaten the food stamp programs.

    – He did not threaten to reduce payments in foreign aid.

    – He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters.

    – The list could go on and on. He is in full political mode!

    Why are we allowing this person to destroy this wonderful country with his selfishness and his lies? Have WE lost our blooming minds!!!!!!!!

    His type of change is killing our country. He needs to be stopped.

    Do not forget about his tactics when it's election time 2014.

    Get out and Vote in the mid-term election – 2014. Support the people in the House and Senate that are willing to cut taxes and spending.

    LET'S MAKE 2014 – THE Beginning of a turn around. Forget change we want our $$$$$$$$$ back and we want to take our country back!

    October 11, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. jj

    The Senate? The problem are the Tea Party miscreants in the House!

    October 11, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Jersey Girl in GA

    He's the real thing you know. I don't agree on all issues, but face it, he's what you see is what you get and its about time some heads were knocked together.

    October 11, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    You sure you didn't mean the house?
    Is this what you would do if you were president? It's true that bullies are cowards deep,down inside you might not be what who need when that 3am call comes.

    October 11, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. tet1953

    Sounds a lot like "I'm the decider." How'd that work out?

    October 11, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. L.Sanfod

    and if you were President and had to deal with all these idiots you would jump off the top of the Washington monument.

    October 11, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. Terry Johnson

    He thinks because he and his administration have been able to push the indictment of Sheriff Deborah Trout and her two undersheriffs under the rug, handling Congress would be just as simple. It may be easy to "fix" a problem in New Jersey when you can pull all the levers but it doesn't work that way on the national stage. It may be time for voters to really look at the Boss' ethics and look at his definition of "fix".

    October 11, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. Pete R

    If Christie thinks he'd get to be the boss in the room over Congress, he needs to watch more Schoolhouse Rock.

    October 11, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    If you were in the Senate, probably a lot of people would kill themselves...

    October 11, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Robert N. constant

    There is something we can all do now to defend ourselves. Boycott any businesses run by Republicans NOW. The party mainstream is tolerating the Tea Party's actions. There should be consequences for this. Also. Vote out every Republican in this off year election this November. Teach them a lesson they will remember. We are NOT powerless. We can begin to fight this Republican shutdown of the Government now.

    October 11, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. viranka

    to bad Christie is not the leader of the house he he would slap the GOP in line in a heartbeat!

    October 11, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. smith

    Might wanna end this shutdown Obungles down to 37% approval rating. As for Christie, you tell em` fat man.

    October 11, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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