Christie calls Obamacare a ‘train wreck’
November 26th, 2013
08:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Christie calls Obamacare a ‘train wreck’

(CNN) - In an interview with a local radio station Monday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Obamacare a “train wreck.”

"This is just an awful law. It made no sense and that's why I didn't get into a state exchange. And no, I have absolutely no regrets. In fact, I’m really glad that the train wreck’s not mine; it’s his," Christie told listeners on New Jersey 101.5FM, referring to President Barack Obama.

Christie, who is considered a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, appeared on 101.5FM’s “Ask the Governor” segment for the first time since he was re-elected governor by a historic margin earlier in November.

In the interview, the governor was candid about his frustration with some Democratic New Jersey state legislators in swing districts for using his brand to help them get re-elected.

“I love how the legislators say, ‘Well you know, we got re-elected too.’ Well I watched those races. You know what they ran on? ‘We agree with Gov. Christie. We work with Gov. Christie.’ So they have no mandate from this election separate from mine. I want everyone out there to hear that," Christie said.

"They all ran on a platform, ‘We work with the governor. We work across the aisle with the governor.’ Well let’s see now, because they didn’t articulate any other message.”

In addition to his role as governor, last week Christie was named chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, a position that requires a lot of travel and campaigning. While the governor says that he has played similar campaigning roles in previous elections, he did admit that his children do sometimes get jealous that they have to share his attention with his job and that he continues to be distracted. In response, Christie said that he tries to make his children feel like a part of his career, and not “put-upon” by it, by letting them take pictures and speak at major events.

“The role they play is kind of personified by election night. All four of them spoke on election night. They all have a voice and that’s not only outside but inside the family too ... If they think that I’m doing something that either they like a lot or they don’t like, they’ll come to me," Christie said.

WKXW (101.5FM)’s “Ask the Governor” program is a monthly hour-long radio interview with the governor. The station is located just outside of Trenton, New Jersey and serves the surrounding area.


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  1. Fair is Fair

    Yeah... the only difference is that train wrecks don't typically have over 200 million casualties.

    November 27, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    MIke in Texas wrote:

    He's going Tea Party. He has the RWNJ talking point down. "Train Wreck" is a dead giveaway. It's the extreme right's favorite adjective to describe ACA.
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    Christie isn't "going" Tea Party. He's always been a fairly hard line, establishment conservative. He's the whole package. He's cut education in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. He's cut public workers like teachers, firefighters, and police officers. And, of course, he's very good at killing jobs. New Jersey ranks dead last in job creation, and currently enjoys one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. When he first took over in Trenton, he killed a the final stage of a rail project that had been nearly a decade in the making, which killed hundreds of jobs and wound up costing New Jersey taxpayers hundreds of millions when the federal government demanded reimbursement for its' investment into a high speed rail project to nowhere.

    November 27, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. just saying

    John - So you are opposed to our "poorest 50 million" having insurance?
    -–

    the usual democrat strawman gets stood up once more. no. we are opposed to destroying the healthcare of 280 million americans in order to do it. target the problem, not every person in the country. if 50 million americans need government paid for healthcare then give it to them. but don't take over the healthcare industry and force your way into the lives of 280 million americans to do it.

    November 27, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Deomcorats,Obama bad for America.

    LOL you go Christe, never have truer words been spoken.

    November 27, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. floydhowardjr

    OBAMACARE! “Too Profitable To Fail”? America If you lose your coverage, your doctor, your insurance BLAME a Democrat. Next time you go and vote...remember WHO did this to YOU! DEMOCRATS!

    November 27, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. MaryM

    I see Christie read the republicans paybook on the ACA. He has the talking points memorized

    November 27, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Ron L

    OK, you want to say the ACA is a train wreck....WHAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR THOSE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET INSURANCE FOR 10 TO 20 YEARS!!! If you don't have a solution to fix all of the inadequacies that existed before the ACA, that it is attempting to fix...you are a blow hard. It is always easier to complain about something than it is to fix it!! I am AMAZED at the number of Americans who don't seem to care for the thousands if not millions of Americans who are getting insurance for the first time in 5-10-20 years. We have become a pathetically short sighted society!!

    November 27, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. ST

    Oh! ya, Christie, Dems in NJ lifted you up and put you where you are now. You got the voice because of them. If you continue with such behaviour, your dream will end up in the air. Trust me!

    November 27, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Just

    A train wreck does not come close to describing this debacle.

    November 27, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. jinx9to88

    @ floydhowardjr
    OBAMACARE! “Too Profitable To Fail”? America If you lose your coverage, your doctor, your insurance BLAME a Democrat. Next time you go and vote...remember WHO did this to YOU! DEMOCRATS!

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    Yeah all ONE MILLION of you go voter for GOP. And for those 40 MILLION now that can get coverage go vote Democrats because they are the ones that got you your insurance. I have notice lately that GOP supporters aren't vey bright.

    November 27, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Tony

    "Train wreck" is a lot less serious than "Armageddon." Republicans came dangerously close to trigger a global economic collapse, by pushing the U.S. to the brink of default, just to avoid a "train wreck."

    The ACA is working in states that run their own websites. Once the federal website is fixed, Republicans are doomed.

    November 27, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Data Driven

    Boy, it's going to be great when all the expressions of certainty regarding Obamacare get raked up, say, six months from now, by which time it will be working even better than it is now. Read the trade rags: the insurance industry has ads, totaling in the 8-figure range, ready to roll out through the period between December and March. The ads highlight participation in the exchanges. So, someone might want to inform Governor Christie that the insurance companies, at least, have already understood that the Marketplace is a fait accompli.

    However, if conservatives want to plug their fingers in their ears and go "na na na I can't hear you" as the law continues to work, then I say, good. Americans will simply, once again, vote for the party that supported constructive reforms to our problems, rather than the party of No.

    I also note that Christie offers no alternate solutions to Obamacare. Pretty soon, it won't just be liberals like me pointing this out. What's your alternative, Governor?

    November 27, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Hector Slagg

    Remember what President Kennedy said. THINK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. The only thing he forgot to add was Send Money> Folks, you forgot to send the money ! Now we have a plan with vanishing deductibles ! Now you have the Nanny State but no one is paying for it !!

    November 27, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. anonymous

    Ron L
    OK, you want to say the ACA is a train wreck....WHAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR THOSE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET INSURANCE FOR 10 TO 20 YEARS!!!
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    Put them all on Medicaid and leave the rest of the healthcare insurance of the American people alone.

    November 27, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Tommy G

    How many times have Republicans thrown the Democrats a life line to stop them from destroying themselves and the healthcare of millions of Amercians? Too many to count. Every one of them dismissed and thrown back, usually with insults and name calling.

    Now the Democrats see their folly blowing up in their faces and want to blame everybody else for it, just like two year olds that never admit to the wrong they do. And we wonder why this country has failed to get out of its economic stagnation for the last 5 years? The same liberal idiocy that brought you Obamacare is strangling our economy and with it, jobs.

    November 27, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Christi will never get out of the blocks running for president with the GOP party of stupid, just the fact that all they have to run on is AGAINEST healthcare for all Americans will keep them out of the whitehouse and probably lose the house majority. Ask yourself a question???? What has the GOP party of incompetents acomplished in the last five years except lose 24 billion dallars in 16 days, the fiscal conservative GOP and then have 42 anti healthcare votes at 1.5 million apiece!!!!

    November 27, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Laverne

    There has never been an entitlement program that did not have major flaws at the beginning. Obamacare will work, and then see how many folk will try and take credit for its success. Like Obama said "it won't be called Obamacare"!!!!!

    November 27, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. sonny chapman

    And his alternative is...? Med Savings Accts. & Med Malpractice Reform. Oh, throw in some more Tax Cuts for the Wealthy(Job Creators). P.S.-Pope Francis don't believe in the JUSTICE of Trickle Down Economics. Bill Clinton proved Trickle Down don't work–for the Middle Class.

    November 27, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. anonymous

    Wake up people! What you are seeing is the implementation of SOCIAL JUSTICE by Obama and the Democrats.

    It was not fair that 280 million people had healthcare they liked and wanted to keep while 50 million did not. Therefore all of the healthcare of the 280 million had to be taken down several notches to give that 50 million free of heavily taxpayer funded healthcare.

    Don't we all feel great now that justice has been rendered by Obama and the Democrats?!! Our families really didn't need that healthcare, that doctor, that hospital. It just wasn't fair for us to have it so it had to go.

    November 27, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Marcus (from...?)

    He is not stupid enough to think that he will lose the 'RINO' label if he says this and other pointless remarks (again people, it's the WEBSITE that has problems)...
    So what is his goal?

    November 27, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Gunderson

    Heap Big Problem,
    Too many of you want to be Republican but vote like Democrat. You want all the luxeries but you no want to pay your dues
    So tell me all you smart cookies, why so many no have health insurance? . Maybe they vote wrong, no?

    November 27, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Peace

    Christie, don't be silly. Its true that you have just won NJ in a landslide. Will that continue to hold? Don't you think that every now and then polls will be taken from your State and see where you stand? If you continue to annoy the Dems as you are doing now, do you think they will continue to support you? If the support falls down in NJ, this will translate failure all over the nation. Can't you figure out this?

    November 27, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. rs

    Sure, Christie- it's model was Romney care (which is highly successful), it contains every demand the GOP threw at it including the Heritage Foundation's "Individual Mandate" (that now the GOP it totaly against).
    The only "trainwreck" is the web site- which is now fixed. The trainwreck here is that by 2016- even if a GOPper wins the Presidency, the GOP will never be able to undo this law- nor scrap the even more impressive Medicare expansion going on right now, or their pipe dream of casting the old folks to the street by killing Social Security.

    Total failure on the part of the Right. Perhaps if you guys actually STOOD for something, you might have a chance- obstruction however buys you all nothing.

    November 27, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. rs

    Gunderson

    Heap Big Problem,
    Too many of you want to be Republican but vote like Democrat. You want all the luxeries but you no want to pay your dues
    So tell me all you smart cookies, why so many no have health insurance? . Maybe they vote wrong, no?
    _______________________
    Oh, fake accent one- yeah, the NERVE of people believing that affordable health care should be a right for all (as it is completely across First world nations, and even many Third world nations), and not just something the very rich should have.
    Gundy, it isn't 1850 anymore- time for the GOP to wake up.

    November 27, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Data Driven

    @anonymous,

    "What you are seeing is the implementation of SOCIAL JUSTICE by Obama and the Democrats"

    Yeah, can't have that. Social injustice is preferred. (smh)

    November 27, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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