Christie: Too many 'obsessed with reelection'
July 9th, 2012
04:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Christie: Too many 'obsessed with reelection'

Washington (CNN)- Chris Christie said Monday that many times politics comes before people and that can keep government from reaching effective long-term solutions.

"We have too many elected officials who are obsessed with re-election and that they're willing to do anything to keep their job," Christie said. "That's not the kind of person you want in an executive position, or any position for that matter, but certainly in an executive position right now, given the challenges that our country faces."

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During a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on Monday, the New Jersey governor highlighted what he called successful efforts in his state, but stated that many federal plans stand in the way of progress.

According to Christie, New Jersey currently has the third highest income tax rate, which he planned to reduce, but he preicted would actually increase as a result of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

"First of all, I'm glad that the Supreme Court ruled that extortion is still illegal in America. And that's a relief because Obamacare on Medicare to the states was extortion," Christie said. "It essentially said, "You expand your program to where we tell you, and if you don't, we're taking all the rest of your money away. Well, that's extortion. It was a whole bunch of nice words in a bill, but it was extortion."

According to Christie, New Jersey has the second most expensive Medicaid program in the country, aside from New York, and costs will only rise with the implentation of health care reform's individual mandate in 2014.

"Our question is going to be, how much more do we need to expand our program because we have some of the most generous benefits already. So that's the analysis we're going to make," Christie said.

The Republican did not give specifics in regards to a planned budget for the mandate, noting that he will 'wait and see' for New Jersey, and planned to reach a decision by 2013 depending on federal government deadlines. The decision, according to Christie, will affect 2014 and 2015 budgeting.

Christie said his policy team must also decide if they would take on federal or statewide exchange, which depends on cost and what is best for New Jersey residents.

Overall, Christie argued that the 'one size fits all' health care plan was ineffective because of the needs of citizens in different states– comparing Montana to New Jersey.

On a seperate topic, Christie also noted that the federal funding should be spent on infrastructure. Having created 85,000 private sector jobs since becoming governor, he said that public jobs are too costly.

"Please don't send me any more money to hire public employees," Christie said. "I don't need more."

Since becoming governor in 2010, Christie said his programs have implemented programs that include increased private sector jobs, capped property taxes, required drug treatment for incarcerated drug addicts, and increased the state income tax by five percent.

"I hope New Jersey is an example for the rest of the country," Christie said.

- CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Washington D.C.
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    What else would you expect? He claims all credit for creating jobs, but places all blame on Obama for job losses and slow recovery. YAWN YAWN YAWNY YAWN YAWN.

    July 9, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Overall, Christie argued that the 'one size fits all' health care plan was ineffective because of the needs of citizens in different states– comparing Montana to New Jersey. "

    Yeah, well, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality rates MT above NJ for the quality of its health care systems and medical care. Perhaps Governor Buffet-Style could learn something from them. Guy is totally full of crap. You'd think he'd lose some weight with how much of it comes out of his mouth.

    July 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |

    Christie tying to articulate his positions instead of stuffing his pie hole is different.

    July 9, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "New Jersey currently has the third highest income tax rate"

    "Christie said his programs have...increased the state income tax by five percent."

    What better way to get people to feel the pinch and then try to deflect all blame to the feds and the Dem in the WH?

    July 9, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Phil Thomas

    Overall, Christie argued that the 'one size fits all' health care plan was ineffective because of the needs of citizens in different states– comparing Montana to New Jersey.

    First we know he's not concerned about relelction picking fights every where he is headed these days. So i guess the folks in NJ don't need their kids ensured until they turn 26, don't have preexisting conditions, don't have life caps placed on them, middle class folks don't file for bankruptcy the way they do every where else over health care. Typical RNC blame everything under the sun on the president, take credit for everything

    July 9, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Love the pic above though. Even with nothing in his hand, it looks like he's still trying to bring some sort of nibbles to his maw.

    July 9, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Darryl

    Chris Christie is nothing more than a Big mouth Bully ! he's rude and self-centered. The people of New Jersey have been saying they want Health Care AKA... Obama Care, and their forceing his hand on the issue. you'll see him comply and play the middle on this. he has a thing about people not likeing him.He comes off as a not give sh- – t but he actually is the opposite.He has an inferior complex and his weight has everything to do with it. He needs to drop the defense walls and get on with his self-esteme issue.

    July 9, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Mark

    I read the headline and thought he was specifically referring to Romney.

    July 9, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. curious

    Did Christie mean reelected, or just elected.

    July 9, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. sittingduck

    Sounds like a politician trying to tell everybody what they want to hear. He discribes the problem perfectly then proceeds to be part of it.

    July 9, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Ins1te

    I agree with Christie. A person that would say anything, do anything to get elected is not worthy. First person that comes to mind is Mitt "flip-flopper" Romney.

    July 9, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Logic N LA

    So despite spending allthat money on healthcare, Gove Christie and his legislature cannot cover all the people that need help. And obviously his states funding is from the federal government if he can't make planned tax cuts.
    I do agree with him about politicians – Romney is a prime example of sayng anythign to get elected.

    July 9, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. DocHollywood

    Governor Christie is nothing more than an egocentric blowhard trying to compensate for his weight problem. It's funny how "reelection campaigning" is interfering with the good of the country, according to him, but not the republicans in the senate who continually block cloture to any and every bill that could possibly give Obama a "win" as the republicans see it. Yes, Christie.....if you want to see the definition of hypocrasy, just look in the next mirror you see.

    July 9, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Andrew

    This must go for a man who will change his positions by the day and dependent on who he is talking to at the time....
    Mittens changes position on issues sometimes before i even know where he used to stand on it...

    July 9, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Maxx

    "We have too many elected officials who are obsessed with re-election and that they're willing to do anything to keep their job," Christie said.

    And then we have Romney who is obsessed with being elected the first time and will do anything to get the job. So, what's your point?

    July 9, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Moderate Sean

    Governor Christie, then please so kindly ask your Republican colleagues in Congress to work with the President. Things might actually get done, but with the likes of Congressional Republican crackpots.....likeeee, let's about her royal nutcase Michelle Bachmann; Tea Party Grand "Pooh Baa" Steve King from Iowa; Senator Jim "Tea Baby" DeMint from SC; Senator Rand "The Supreme Court Cannot Decide Case Law" Paul of KY; Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson from SC; the grand conspirator Grandma Virginia Foxx from NC; Joe "I cannot pay my child support" Walsh from IL; or how about that winner, Mike Coffman, from Colorado who can only recite a version of the 5th Amendment whenever asked to repeat comments he makes about the President??? This is just to name a few of the mainstream irrational ones....I know an oxymoron, but then again, so is calling "Representative" (Or "Senator") to a Republican Congressman/woman!

    July 9, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    the GOP only likes the SCOTUS when they do something that they AGREE with like Citizen's United. Reminds me of a sometime friend only supports you when you're in their corner. The governor I doubt would have called the court "extortionist" had they ruled 5-4 the other way.

    July 9, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Hal

    Survey question: Is Christi more obnoxious than he is fat or fatter than he is obnoxious? Did anyone see the video clip of Christi going byserk at the Jersey Shore? It went viral; he is RAGE-DEMENTED big time!

    July 9, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. 2012liberal

    No more $ because camden nj dont need no stickin police department! Where's the $ u were given 2 build yr subway system? Sure were able 2 take it then just didnt put it 2 creating the jobs it was intended 4. Imagine that!

    July 9, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. cali ha ha

    All jokes aside how many poor people can fit in his empty suit.

    July 9, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Dave

    "We have too many elected officials who are obsessed with re-election and that they're willing to do anything to keep their job."

    Is Christie joking? Has he even looked at Romney, whose only mission in life is running for President? Give me a break. Christie, like most Repubilcans, is flaming hypocrite.

    July 9, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Name ifeanyi

    Gov christie is a nuisance just like everyone associated with the gop,if america had elected gore they won't hv gone into a needless war with iraq when bin laden was in paskistan,over 8000 men won't hv died and american won't have been in so much debt,now romney who is just interested in makin money out of america is busy criticisin obama when the likes of his billionare friends trump,kroch brothers are waitin in the wings to get a tax cut and more deals when he gets elected(which is a long shot dreeam)america should do the right thing.

    July 9, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Bigereads

    It is obvious that no Republican/Teabag can speak without talking points. Left to their own resources, they quickly stick their feet in their mouths and spew venom, nonsense, lies, and out of this world conclusions. Poor Obama has now been accused of everything but shooting Ronnie Raygun. Christie is just a little fat boy trying hard to make himself needed by the rightwing nuts who are determined to destroy America as we know it. I guess when we all bow down to the evangelical cults and kiss Grover Norquist's anti-American ring and show reverence to the Koch Brothers' quest for permanent ownership of America, then they'll be happy. The rest off us? We'll be begging for food and medicine and whatever crumbs the rightwing throws our way.

    July 9, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Thomas

    How true , and then there are those obsessed with food and money.

    July 9, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. snoozie

    Well, I guess it must not be a gubernatorial election year in NJ, then. I'm sure he'd never have made the statement that too much emphasis is being placed on re-election if it were HIS year to be re-elected.

    July 9, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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