Spending cuts rile Christie, who blasts lack of 'leadership'
March 4th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Spending cuts rile Christie, who blasts lack of 'leadership'

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn't kidding when he said last year that "when the president does things that deserve scorn, I'll give him scorn."

Those comments were made after the Republican governor received some blowback from members of his party for praising the president following Superstorm Sandy. He defended himself by saying "When the president does things that deserve praise, I will give him praise," adding he would also freely criticize Obama if he disagreed with his actions.

On Monday, that criticism came during a press conference, when Christie described a lack of "real leadership" in Washington as massive forced spending cuts take effect.

"Real leadership would get this fixed," Christie said during the event. "You get everybody in the room and you fix it, and you don't let them leave until you fix it."

Obama himself was asked last Friday why he couldn't do just that, responding to a question from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin by saying he can't "force Congress to do the right thing."

"I am not a dictator, I'm the president," he said while speaking to reporters in the White House Press Briefing Room. "Ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, I can't have Secret Service block the doorway."

Christie seemed incredulous Monday that something more couldn't be done to avert the massive spending cuts, which took affect Friday. And he appeared perplexed that a deal hasn't yet been struck to shift the spending cuts to other areas of the federal budget.

"I don't understand it. I don't understand why they haven't fixed it already. It seems to me that it should be pretty easy to fix," Christie said, adding later that he thought Congress needed to address spending on entitlements like Medicare and Social Security.

"The worst thing about sequester in my view is that they're not spending any time talking about entitlement spending, which is where we need to focus on over the long haul to make a big difference in terms of our long term fiscal health as a country."

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie must be referring to the lack of Republican/Tea Party leadership in the House and Senate.

    March 4, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Peace

    Chris Christie thinks people are led without having diplomacy!!! He said he could not had let them leave the room until they agree. What if they couldn't? Would he started punching them one by one until they all agree? This man can not lead beyond New Jersey. His style of leadership poses a very big question mark.

    March 4, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Donna

    Obama has no leadership skills period. He claims he's not a dictator but sure acts like Hugo Chavez Jr. when he goes out campaigning to attack and demonize and demand what he wants. He puts forth no plan, no budget, disregards laws, orders others to ignore laws.

    In all my years, I've never seen a President that lied as much as Obama and tried to terrorize the American people, scare them into getting his way. He is NOT a President for all the people. He is a Presdient for his supporters as if you are not with him, you are the enemy. He will without a doubt go down in history as the biggest mistake this country has ever made. A true 8 year disaster.

    March 4, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Peter

    When you have one side that won't negotiate and says 'No' to every single thing, I don't care how easy the problem is to fix, it won't get fixed.

    March 4, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. GloSeattle

    Again, Social Security is NOT part of our deficit. The program is paid for by our taxes on our paychecks. The program would not be short money in 15 years IF we had Americans WORKING. The problem is JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! More jobs, equals more people PAYING taxes that support Social Security, and Federal Income Tax which goes to pay for defense, and all the other things government is supposed to do: namely protect the people so we can pursue life, liberty, and our freedom.

    March 4, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. Thaddeus Kozubal

    I wont speak to Medicare because my knowledge of the subject is very lacking. Now, Social Security fund has been stripped of the money that was supposed to continue it forward, but prior politicians found a conniving way to take those funds and spend them on their "pet" projects in years past. Now, the general public is supposed to roll over and give them a pass? BS. Go find the money and replace it along with the interest it would have earned during that time. Stop playing dumb unless you really are. Eliminate contracts like building WWII tanks by United Technologies in OHIO, the home state of John Boehner. Making the all-terrain vehicles safer with better armor would be money better spent. This type of wasteful spending needs to be eliminated. There needs to be more honesty within Congress. Maybe that's a stretch to put honesty and Congress in the same sentence.

    March 4, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. freedom

    Too little, too late.

    March 4, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. ronjayaz

    How boring to be a frog, I mean a Republicant and croak the same old line.

    March 4, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Larry L

    The President has offered up Medicare reforms as a cut to meaningful reductions to deficit spending and the Republican offer nothing. When we slide into a depression the culprit is easy to identify – Republicans. The sugar-daddies for the Republicans, the 1% who control 40% of the Nation's wealth, are still the protected by the GOP lap-dogs. They laugh while the middle-class get hosed.

    March 4, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. tina

    We all need to stop being stupit, we know the repub have no intention of working with this Black President ever if he agree with what they want. They all have said so. They are so full of hate.

    March 4, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. jakinak

    A man who does not have the self discipline to control his own weight is going to lecture others.. Truly, an American Tale,

    March 4, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Larry L

    The sequester is a Republican initiative – with Boehner saying "I got 98% of what i wanted... so I'm pretty happy". Does Christie think the cuts come without consequences? This is a Republican problem and he needs to address his complaints to Speaker Boehner.

    March 4, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. rich

    I wish Chris was correct and that everyone would be locked in a room and nobody leave (even to go to the bathroom until it is hammered out. But then as the President said, "what is going to do have the Secret Service block the door?"

    March 4, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Tony F

    You may not vote for this guy because he's from Jersey, because he's half-Italian, because he's a Republican, for his policies, or whatever other reason, but you at least have to appreciate that he doesn't care who he upsets. He's ticked off his party, the Democrats, and everyone else it seems, but at least he's a straight shooter.

    March 4, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Jim

    Hell, they need to cut more. Our glorious leaders just passed out $250 Million to Egypt and $60 Million more to Syrian rebels. And thats not even a fraction of what they give away in foreign aid. Some countries got a Billion plus.

    March 4, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. Evergreen

    The President cannot impose a "time out" on people who are suppose to be adults. He cannot imprison them until the come up with a solution. He cannot force them to behalf like adults. Members of Congress don't need leaderhip, they need a babysitter.

    March 4, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Tammy James

    Obama is for the people of the Usa. John Boehner and the Republicans are for the oil, gas and big companys. I have friends who are rich. They don't care if they pay extra tax moneys. Boehner and his friends need to be fired. And any Democratic that's not doing their job needs to be fired. Usa need real people in the White House not screw ups. Need to fire them all and put Wal-Mart C.E.O's to work in their place. They know how to get the job done.

    March 5, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  18. read5

    A man has no principle!

    March 5, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  19. AK_steve

    This fiscal crisis could be fixed if the GOP would stop CRYING about every little thing and stop blaming the president for their whining.

    Sorry, I guess I am just one of those who clearly sees who to blame. THE GOP!

    March 5, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Roger

    The sequester happened, Mr. Chris Christie, because Republicans were threatening to shut down the government over the debt limit. They blackmailed Obama into the sequester deal. If no agreement had been made, they would have forced the USA into defaulting on its loans, which would have caused a worldwide catastrophe. And now they are threatening to do it all over again this month.

    March 5, 2013 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  21. JimBob

    When the President ONLY refers to republicans as the Obstacle. well, then, HE IS THE PROBLEM....putting the democrat party ahead of what is good for the United States. His only goal seems to be to explain EVERYTHING wrong as a direct result of republicans. He takes blame and responsibility for NOTHING, EVER and that is why America is in serious decline.

    March 5, 2013 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  22. jdun

    He who cuts social security and medicare will touch the third rail of politics and end up out of office, governor. First of all, Social security is an easy fix except for the fact that republicans have hated it for 75 years and want it gone. In the past decade they have tried to destroy it and now they have another opportunity. Medicare is much more difficult. Aging population, expensive,for profit healthcare, something has to change. Republicans want free market healthcare, if you can afford it you live. Democrats want socialized medicine like the rest of the world. Impasse. Big fight brewing.

    March 5, 2013 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  23. Pedro's

    I can't agree with you more Mr. Big Guy!! No leadership in Washington! If those politicians are not busy screwing the Nation well, they are far much too busy paying homage to the devil and his agents.

    March 5, 2013 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  24. Jerry

    Well, for once, the RINO is right. However, he still won't lay the blame where it belongs. Where the $ is supposed to stop!

    I am not a Republican, but I will take the slight improvement from Governor Christie, though.

    March 5, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  25. Anonymous

    I love this man

    March 5, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
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