The two spots in Washington that Christie wants to eliminate
September 30th, 2013
09:54 PM ET
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The two spots in Washington that Christie wants to eliminate

Updated 11:05 a.m. ET 10/1/2013

Washington (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday the budget stalemate in Congress would look a lot different if he were in the White House.

Answering questions at an event for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the New Jersey Republican also named his least two least favorite spots in Washington.

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But Christie mostly expressed frustration over the lack of negotiations in the nation's capital ahead of the shutdown deadline.

"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," the potential 2016 presidential contender said.

President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and other party leaders in the House and Senate late Monday night, the White House said, but a Boehner spokesman indicated there was no breakthrough. The call to Boehner was the first time the president and the speaker had spoken in more than a week.

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

Christie added that lawmakers' main job is to vote, and they mostly do so depending on "which way the wind is blowing." That leaves it up to the executive to push the ball into the end zone, he said.

"When you're the executive, if you're waiting for leadership from the legislative branch of are going to be waiting forever, forever. Because they're not built to lead and take risks," he said.

Democrats in his state say Christie has flip-flopped on the issue. They point to comments he made in January, when the government was heading toward a different of set of fiscal deadlines. Asked in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" if he would support the threat of a shutdown as a bargaining tool, Christie said "you have to use every bit of leverage you have to be able to negotiate."

"But ultimately what people want you to do is get things done," he added. "You have all kinds of tools available to you when you sit down at the negotiating table. The fact of the matter is everybody has to to come to the table wanting to come to an agreement."

The governor, who's running for re-election this year, said Monday the biggest problem in Washington was a lack of communication.

"They don't even talk to each other...they talk at each other. They have that stupid–you know what place I'd love to eliminate in Washington? Two spots that I would love to put a big international 'no' sign through," he said.

He went on to talk about the bank of microphones that sit on Capitol Hill and in the White House driveway, where lawmakers frequently vent their frustrations about the other party.

"If we were able to eliminate those two spots and instead say to them, 'Here's the deal: You can go to those spots, but you can only go to those spots after you've actually had a real meeting where people had tried to really solve problems–then you go talk to the press.'"

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    More bloviating.

    I wish this. I wish that. If I was King of the World, I'd do ... etc. I'd make them ... etc.

    WHO. CARES. Deal with realities, please.

    September 30, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    You have get past Barbara Bouno first Chris.

    September 30, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. S. B. Stein

    I think Christie is missing the point. The Speaker of the House isn't beholden to the president and it goes the other way around. Boehner is subject to his caucus who overrun with teapublicans who don't care about anything but what they want.

    September 30, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. Jersey

    Ha thats funny Jeff.

    September 30, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Evergreen

    He will not be able to get past the primary in his own party. Lets see how he handles the more conservative branch of his party before he talks about how the executive branch should be run.

    September 30, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. Name

    We all know what going on here, the hatred they have for Obama is what happening here come on now

    September 30, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. Cephus

    Leadership is not easy as we may tend to think especially when we think we can make leaders through workshops but Chris is a born leader.

    September 30, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |