Chris Christie: 'If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself'
October 11th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
8 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. Radgast

    The Senate? The GOP has pushed a partisan agenda, they just keep moving the goal posts to get more and more, while that may seem like a power move, it crosses a line when their actions are hurting Americans. This shut down is not necessary, they are hurting the economy to help the economy? clearly there are deals behind the scenes.

    October 11, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. KC Yankee

    He's a dreamer. You can tell that by the size of him. And I love people who dream big. Christie's the man for 2016, no doubt!

    October 11, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Belseth

    What's to negotiate???? Their wallet is empty and they are arguing about putting dinner on the credit card. The restaurant closed 11 days ago and they are still arguing! The Republican talking point is we shouldn't have eaten so much but what has that to do with paying the bill?????

    October 11, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. PS

    He's a Libertarian in GOP clothing. Go Christie! I haven't voted Republican in nearly 10 years but I'll do it if this guy steps up.

    October 11, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. rker321

    Christie should walk in Obama's shoes. and then make that comment, I realize that he doesn't really mean that he would commit suicide, but, he needs to understand the continuous battle that this President has had to endure from the Tea Party Republicans.

    October 11, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. rker321

    Christie, needs to walk in Obama's shoes, in order to understand the battle that this President has gone thru with the Tea Party and many Republicans, It's amazing to me that he has actually not done like the Pope, retired.

    October 11, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Quinn

    Christie can bring the GOP back from the dead if he is wise enough and bold enough to slay the tea party with the rapier rage he is known for.

    October 11, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Larry L

    @Lisa P.

    Suicide is the coward's way out. Not a comment that speaks well for Gov. Christie.
    He's just making a point... He's not going to hurt himself – unless he does it at Krispy Kremes...

    October 11, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Tom

    Christie 2014!

    October 11, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. Bob

    I don't know, I may not vote for him now. If he had said in the House because he was not allowed to vote I would support him.

    October 11, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. dmf

    Gov. Christie was talking about normal people . The GOP 's Tea party faction of Congressmen are : egoistic , right wing extremists conservatives nuts , with no unity on any agenda to end Government shut down on day 11th in GOP caucus . If a small minority with no respect for democratic values , and focused on violation of November election results , Congress 's bipartisan process of deliberations , who would listen and talk to them ?

    October 11, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. neil

    Yeah .. Probably from the unlimited supply of RING-DINGS sent to the Senate ,,,,

    October 11, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Andrew

    And that's a fine thing to say, governor,but if you had the tea party thugs willing to destroy America on your a!!, you might change your tune! The teas are fascist thugs hell bent on taking America down!

    October 11, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. notogop

    This guy is way too naive to be in Washington. He must still believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.

    October 11, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. mickeym1313

    He should do it anyway, it would be best for the american people.

    October 11, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. blake

    We are so glad you are not in the Senate too. Don't need another RINO in the Senate. Stay in NJ where you belong.

    October 11, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. oharris30

    Hey Christie! Never in the history of this country has any president had to deal with the terrorist in this country as President Obama has. From the very start, Day one, this president has had to deal with the most bigoted people in the country and then came along even worse bigoted people. You have folks who would rather this country fall into a sinkhole than see this president receive his just accolades of being one of the best presidents this nation has had! This man saved this country!!

    October 11, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. bgg1175

    Reading the posts from ignorant hate filled liberals is always nauseating. It's really bad when they repeat talking points from TV shows they watch as if they are their own.
    Liberals are just sheep. Herding by PC correctness and whatever they feel is the popular thing to do.

    October 11, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives, the garbage of America. is a D-bag

    libtards spewing out manure as usual.

    October 11, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Chuck

    Its funny how the Congress gets all the grief over all of this, when its a Democratic Senator that has
    to sign the bill to stop the shut down, and he blatantly says no.

    To me the Senate seems useless

    October 11, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. loi escudero

    Too bad he's not in the senate.

    October 11, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. Matthews D

    Mr. Christie, we often enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. Our system of Government is complex. Stating that you will kill yourself shows that you sir, are in no position to hold any office of government in the USA. If we had another form of government, you wouldnt kill yourself, you would kill us simply because we disagree.Sometimes things get ruff, we dont agree. If you want easy perhaps you ought to try Office depot. The Presidency is not about one man he is not the boss.

    October 11, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Subramanian Venkatraman

    Poor Christie! He can neither swallow nor spit! He is in an unenviable position! He can neither disown his party's policies nor tout them as his own! If he wished to serve truly, he should also have the courage to adapt whatever is good in his party as well as in the opposition and say so. He will then have the best of both worlds. He should remember that staunch followers of either party who vote for it come what may, are few. Most of the people go for that party which in their opinion has most of the good points. It needs courage though to admit it for the fear of being disowned by his party. That is why I said he can neither swallow nor spit out.

    October 11, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Corey

    Well it shouldn't be too difficult he is only about one cheeseburger away from massive heart failure anyways

    October 11, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Corey

    Well it shouldn't be too difficult he is only about one cheeseburger away from heart failure anyways

    October 11, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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