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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  1. smithdp

    That's a joke. Republicans have reflexively Sid no to everything Obama tries to propose for the last four years. In spite of that the stock market is up over 100 percent since a few weeks after Obama took office. We found our way out of the worst recession since the Great Depression that the Republicans left us in and we have now had over 40 consecutive months of private sector job growth. And the deficit is declining. Lets not forget the last time the Republicans held the office they inherited surpluses. The Bush tax cuts took us immediately back into deficit mode and we have run deficits every single year since. Boehner can't even control his own reactionary caucus, if he even says good morning to the President, they jerk his chain. And this is Obama's fault. Please.

    March 5, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Matt

    Why did CNN's Kevin Liptak only report half the story? Christie blasted both the WH and Congress. Biased media encourages political finger pointing which has proven to be grossly unproductive.

    March 5, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. 22

    Talk to your party Christie!If they actually put America first instead of their goal to make the president fail,maybe they can sit down with him and have a productive discussion on how to resolve America's problems rather than compound them.That strategy is sure to fail though,we see right through their BS and are ready for 2014.

    March 5, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. 2012liberal

    I thought this is what bohner wanted. He stated he got 98% of what he wanted. Just curious, when does it get 2 b presidents turn? Cant wait 2 hear those words out of obamas mouth. To really get this country on track again.

    March 5, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Brad

    I would'nt call the Republican Congress a community, thats being to nice, Obama's community organizing is just one of his credentials, maybe the best pres we've had in a while, at the least better than his predicessor. Lay the blame where it should the "Do Nothing Repub Congress"

    March 5, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. DemFromSC

    The GOP is, regrettably, trying to convince everyone that the only way to solve our long-term debt problem is to cut spending on Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. Although it is clear that health care costs and spending do have to be restrained, I believe that the defense budget is an even better target. We have troops in over 100 countries around the world, and spend massive amounts of money on weapon systems we don't need. And Obama is correct in stating that we also must close tax loopholes for corporations. The more balanced our approach, the less pain for everyone – this is just common sense. Congress, get to work!!

    March 5, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. MightyMo

    From a GOP perspective, I don't see what there is to fix??? The GOP wants spending cuts, they got spending cuts!! Is it possibly that 50 percent of the cuts are coming from the military, as if the military doesn't have enough already? I think they simply want to move the cuts to someplace that they agree with, and someplace that won't affect them. Lets see, where could that be? Well considering that they are all rich millionaires and represent business, maybe they want to talk it from the people; people who are neither rich or provide much to their business interests. Lets see, who could that be? Maybe the poor and the elderly, they don't have much money and they don't throw it around needlessly.

    March 5, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Linda

    Bainer is a disgrace to America. He sat behind the President at his speech in January and looked totaly uninterested in what the president had to say. What a terrible thing to teach our kids, to be disrespecful like that. I say, vote for the best candidate and stand behind the winner. Bainer needs to be voted out of office.

    March 5, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Smacky Smooth

    He is correct this time–WHY WERE THEY ALLOWED TO LEAVE? Grow a pair Mr President, grow a brain Mr. Boehner, Grow a heart Mr. Reid....I believe you all wanted these cuts to happen for different SELF-SERVING reasons. This government is a world wide JOKE. Not to mention a bad joke...NONE of them deserve power
    Since the left, I say they need not come back. Lets replace them NOW.

    March 5, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. ChattyCathy

    Somebody up there said that if Romney would have been elected president it would be fixed. No, if Romney would have been elected, he would have just cut out social security that the tax payers have paid into, and cut medicare, something else that the tax payers paid into. He already said that that 47 percent of people we just won't care about. Oh, yeah, but he is a white man. Makes all the difference in the world. The stupid republicans are hell bent on trying to ruin President Obama because they tried hard to make sure he was a one term president (that is their exact words), but since he was voted back in, they now will try to punish the American public for not siding with them and putting the republican in office.

    March 5, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. 2012liberal

    7 weeks in and 10 days of work. Really? How does anything get done like that?

    March 5, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. ST

    Christie should not bring his Italian politics and leadership here. Grown ups are never treated like kids.

    March 5, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Dan

    Chris Christie is the one Republican I could vote for, for President. He isn't partisan. We need more people in Congress like him. More people who will vote to do what is best for the country, not what is best for their party and their re-election bid. I am fed up with Boehner, McConnell, and Obama.

    March 5, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. 2012liberal

    Oil and gas entitlements? Corp and private loophole entitlements? Those ones christie?

    March 5, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. jgb3

    They are both at fault. All are much more concerned with their own image then providing real solutions. And I love how they have convinced many people that social security and medicare are what is hurting the middle class. That totally amazes me. These progams are only provided for people who have worked and put money into them. They are not handouts. What do you think you will do for healthcare at the age of 70 when you may nott have a job? Do you really think 401ks will support you? You can put the max in them for your whole life and still not have enough. These programs are here to provide additional support and they are not welfare- anyone using them has paid into them.

    March 5, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Dar

    Odumbo said; "I am not a dictator, I'm the president,"
    WRONG, Odumbo is niether, he is a LOSER!!!!

    March 5, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Ed

    Good luck finding a politician that will put the good of the country over the good of their party or their own reelection bid. After all, never forget that regardless of what they say, the real number 1 priority for any politician is to get reelected. Hence the need for term limits.

    March 5, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    John NYC wrote:

    If the President ever worked for a real Corporation in his life, he would know how to balance a budget and manage expenses. But since he has been in politics his entire life, he himself and all other politicians are ignorant in managing anything.
    What does not ever being a CEO have to do with the fact that Pres. Bush handed off an annual deficit well in excess of one trillion dollars? Conservatives like ignore the fact that Bush's final budget year, FY2009, had an annual deficit of $1.5 trillion dollars. FY2008 had a deficit of over $800 billion. The number of federal workers doubled between 2001 and 2009. Don't blame Pres. Obama for the out of control spending machine that Bush created and proficiently drove into a ditch.

    March 5, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. bkgrandma

    I find it amusing that they are trying to blame the president for this mess. The fact is it is the House and Senate that are responsible for the bills that authorize spending and even though it was done while Obama was president...
    THEY DID IT! Now the Republicans are really happy because they can say it's Obama's fault. (Not true but they are the party that believes if you say it long enough people will believe it). IFrom looking at the last election, it doesn't work but they just don't get it. WE'LL FIX THIS COUNTRY IN 2014!

    March 5, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. west virginian

    It is time to eliminate all future libraries for Presidents,

    March 5, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. Ancient Texan

    ChattyCathy- You believed the lies that the Obama administration paid $200 million to have told about Romney. Not one of the evil deeds that you want to pin to Romney is true.

    March 5, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. ss

    Beginning to look scripted there. True, the GOP has a complete void of leadership now. And Mitt Romney's and Jeb Bush's popping up with bizarre interviews isn't helping him or the the GOP lately. But it looks like Christie is already running for 2016 as an unofficially sponsored underdog candidate.

    The thing about Christie. He seems like a nice guy. NJ loves him after Sandy. But he is not a national candidate. His best option is to help form that 3rd moderate party though. THAT could be done, especially now and could pave the way for most of his ideology.

    March 5, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Ryan23

    its a lose-lose situation for Obama. if Obama shows some form of leadership all the repubs will cry dictatorship and due to the forced compromises repubs says he lacks leadership. no matter what he does repubs will constantly cry something on him being a bad president. Obama is trying to work with Repubs while repubs are determined to make his presidency look bad by refusing to work with him. aka constantly not being there to work with him.

    March 5, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. GI Joe

    The only republican I could EVER think about voting for woould be Huntsman. The rest are bigots.

    March 5, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. GI Joe

    @ west virginian
    Uh.............they raise private funds to build their libraries. It doesn't cost anything, unless YOU want to contribute.

    March 5, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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