Chris Christie: 'If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself'
October 11th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
9 years ago

Chris Christie: 'If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself'

(CNN) - Exactly how disgusted is Chris Christie with the total lack of compromise in Washington?

"If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself," the Republican governor of New Jersey told the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board. The response came when Christie was asked what he would do if he was a member of the upper chamber during the current crisis.

"This is why I've never had any interest in being in a legislative body," the Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Christie as saying.

Christie, considered a likely 2016 contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is currently sailing ahead in the polls in his reelection fight with Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.

In the shutdown fight, Christie has strayed far from the Republican talking points on the brinksmanship between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans.

While no fan of Obamacare, Christie said late last month he also wasn't a fan of the Republican tactics that helped lead to the shutdown.

"I think quite frankly, to be fair, I don't think you hear responsible Republican leaders advocating a shutdown of the government," Christie told CBS News.

Christie has been equally critical of Obama, calling on the President to show more leadership than Christie has seen.

"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," Christie said of the negotiations at an event for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

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

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Nap Mitty

    Is it too late for a write-in campaign on the upcoming senate vote in NJ?

    October 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Outlier25

    Might not agree with Chris Christie on everything but at least he's actually honest. It's refreshing to see a politician that doesn't pull any punches. Agree or not, at least you know where he stands.

    October 13, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. copperhead

    As far as I'm conc4rned, he should go ahead and kill himself anyway.

    October 13, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. R. Guy Slater


    I think that every elected official, regardless of party affiliation, upon taking the oath of office, should become party-less. Do what is right for ALL the people, not just their cronies, or the ones funding them, or their party. All of the people of the US. What is now called "pork" is nothing more than bribery toward where ever the pork is directed, and not to the benefit of us all. When it is a reasonable time prior to an election, they can again declare their affiliation, and work toward being (re)elected. I hope that on the 18th the Country finds that the House obstructionists have failed to raise the debt ceiling and that the President declares martial law, disbands Congress, and calls for new elections to fill unexpired terms effective January2nd, 2014. If the people agree with Obama and Biden, they get re-elected, if not, we get a new executive. Same for every Senator and Representative. Might actually see some real "change." Then again, maybe not.

    October 13, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. John

    He says the failure is in not bringing people together, while he divides and attacks. This man doesn't deserve another term, let alone a shot at the presidency.

    October 13, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Mr Dalloway

    Keep eating fat boy and maybe you'll get you wish

    October 13, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Name Tui Shou

    Given the bad state of most everyones' household finances, it would be a burden, but I ak sure enough of us could raise the funds to send you there. But then, would you be a man of your word?

    October 13, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. KennyLLC

    Does that mean he will be one of the only politicians to voluntarily sign up for an Obamacare policy ?

    October 13, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |

    Well, that would be a less republican.

    October 13, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Cane

    At least he is spreading the blame to both sides and not on the Kool-Aid bandwagon of nut-jobs within his own caucus.

    October 14, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  11. Laura

    How many in Congress have actually read the affordable care act, hr3200 which is some 1,300 pages? Who are the authors? I read half of it. I doubt most of them have read it as they can barely substantially discuss it. It's an unweidly law that attempts to accomplish too much too soon. God bless America.

    October 14, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  12. Tim

    I had a friend kill themselves...not funny fat boy

    October 14, 2013 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  13. darryl a Lesser C.W.

    i would like to import Chris here to Canada, he is made of flesh and bones not like the papier mache puppets we have here in Quebec Canada 110% imbeciles....then again I don;t really see a difference south of Canada do I !

    October 14, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  14. cumulus

    Hurry elect him to senate!?

    October 14, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you're dealing with
    Sounds like he doesn't quite understand what branches of government are involved here and what the process is.
    "...whatever you're dealing with..." doesn't cut it.
    The President is not a dictator. He can invite but he can't outright bully them. That type of behaviour, while warranted, is unacceptable outside of the confines of your office in New Jersey Governor.

    October 14, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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