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. MyOpEd-OhOneTwoThree

    I dunno who's more delusional- the Reps or 'Baggrs. They've had their fun now, and ruined all their careers to boot – stick a fork in them -they are all done!!

    October 11, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Louanne

    Speaking as a Republican, if Christie wants to be considered for the Republican presidential nomination he should start loosing weight and working out now. Getting elected president is as much a beauty contest as it is anything else.

    October 11, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. Tag9

    Christie is really a Democrat with Republican views ? Most Northern states citizens just don't have this extreme view of White Supremacy...

    October 11, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  4. Susan

    Got to love this down to earth guy. But he's going to die... So am I. What a disgusting Congress. Can't wait for them to 'party' if it ends and give themselves a little salary raise no doubt for their 'victory'.

    October 11, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Zwei Stein

    Every now and then, when I least expect it, Gov Christie comes out with some sensible comments. If he ran as an Independent, I'd probably vote for him.

    October 11, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Joe Shmozler

    You are not in the Senate right now Christie. But you know who is? Hairy Weed. You know what to do.

    October 11, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. ThrowMeABone

    First, the current Republican party no longer represents the "American People", as they are so fond of calling us. I used to vote Republican. "Used to" being the key words, because I won't make that mistake again. The Tea Party radical fringe has hijacked the GOP and their Toadies are doing everything in their power to drive the U.S. off the nearest cliff. I don't know what kind of goat rodeo they are trying to run, but Boehner, Cruz, and the rest have assured their place in history - quite frankly, they should be tried for crimes against the American People.

    October 11, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. R Burns

    Obama is the head of the executive branch of our government, and chief of our military. He isn't the "boss" of the legislative branch, including the House and Senate. His pull as potential leader to those bodies would, and does, depend on the relationships both sides have cultured. I hope Ryan can do better than those who have orchestrated this mess!

    October 12, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  9. Ray Strischek

    Tea Baggers, Teahadists, Rethuglicans, Teatrolls, whatever. They are the enemy within, political terrorists. Its their way or total absolute destruction of American Democracy and the global economy. They are evil, ugly, selfish, greedy, hate filled, and absolutely undeserving of any compromise. They have to go, far far away, forever. If they bring the Republican Party down its because the so called party moderates and reasonable party members no longer exist.

    October 12, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. NameGoose

    Gov. Christie would be a great President. You can tell he truly cares about the citizens that he represents. Obama just does not get it! Obama lies so much. All he cares about is making the middle class and the rich pay for the free loaders who won't get off their lazy asses and go to work. Obamacare does not help the middle class in anyway. Just another way to have the middle class pay for the free loaders health coverage. Can't wait for the elections because the democrats are on their way out. The democrats have bankrupt and destroyed are great country! Definitely it's time for a major change in regards to who is running are government!

    October 12, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  11. Carol

    If he wouldn't want to be in the Senate, then forget about Christie ever being the President.

    October 12, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. SciGuy

    Please, someone quick, appoint Christy to the Senate!

    October 12, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. lewtwo

    IIf Christie holds to his middle of the road position then the GOP may have a plausible candidate for president.
    That would be a pleasant change.

    October 12, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. Andy

    Gov. Chris Christie said he'd kill himself if he were in the Senate. A collection was immediately started to pay for the butter to grease the doorway.

    October 12, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  15. loudmusic

    Chritie isn't one of the Republican mouth-breathers. Ergo, he has zero chance of getting on the 2016 GOP ticket. Wouldn't be surprised if he renounces his party affiliation and runs as a 3rd party independent.

    October 12, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  16. montyross

    New Jersey must vote this man the Congress, hurry!

    October 12, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  17. montyross

    Red diaper doper babies.

    October 12, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  18. fsmgroupie

    go tea party! theocracy all the way

    October 12, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  19. Wake Up America!

    I see way too many followers in Congress. For those who followed Ted Cruz it was a suicide mission at best. We want justice when we are wronged. We should do the same for political sabotage. Our Government was by design for and by the authority of the citizens and for the purpose of Protection and Well Being of all. Not just for today, for future generations as well. When America was great the People willed for it to succeed. Today we are being told what we can and can't have or do and politicians that sabotage it as they say it's broken. Where was Congress when Corporations sent jobs to other shores. Corporations can do as they please even if it undermines American Jobs. Government is for Our Protection and this did not happen then and it does not happen today without a battle in Congress. We have a few Wealthy Americans who own most of the American piggy bank. Did that money come from China? No, mostly it came from Working America. The wealthy are not the Job Creators the American Workers are. The point is we are not truly free, we are slaves to debt, and we have too much inequality. It is time to end the Politicians Rule and their ability to Sabotage the American Government. For it is Our Government and for our Protection, not for just a few, for the Collective Body of One: The Citizens. We have a Case for Treason; Sabotage is an Act of War...Fix this and Government will serve all of the People once again...

    October 12, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  20. First, don't kill yourself.

    I was worried that they are trying to kill them in the background and they have to eat the cyanide pill or something.

    October 12, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  21. Petunia

    Democrat will turn the US into another mexico.

    October 12, 2013 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  22. Jules

    To state the obvious, the President is a "President", not a dictator. How is he suppose to force these idiots to stay in 'this room"? Lock the door? Before you could take a breath someone would have him charged with kidnapping.
    With all due respect, Gov. Christie, have you met these politicians that call them selves Senators and Representatives? These people don't care about the public, unless it's election time. The rest of the time it's all about tax breaks for the rich, for the mega companies, and their cushy jobs.
    The saddest part of all is we the people just keep re-electing them. We have met the enemy and it is we, the people.

    October 12, 2013 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  23. PharmGrl

    Obama was given a divided government for his second term, and steadfastly refused to accept it.
    Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen, but the American electorate richly deserves what it is about to get. A critical mass of voters now lack the ability to understand the most basic fiscal and tax concepts, opening the door for Democrats to achieve their dream of a large, easily manipulated , impenetrable voting bloc.
    Democrats are about to buy themselves this voting bloc by pushing Americans into the individual health insurance market, ie the exchanges, so that they will lose the biggest tax deduction on IRS books: employer health premiums.
    Phasing out this tax deduction will bring $250 billion into IRS coffers every year, more than enough to pay for both subsidies and the Medicaid expansion.
    REVENUE from this massive tax hike was in the original ACA budget, as Obama so earnestly promised "If you make less than $250k your taxes won't go up."
    Sadly, Vladimir Putin was right: "Recently, Obama was re elected by a truly illiterate society, and he is ready to continue his lies of lowering taxes as he raises them."

    October 12, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  24. cccynic

    I think Christie will be the one to watch in 2016.

    October 12, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. cccynic

    What was the old story about locking them all in a room with one roll of toilet paper?

    October 12, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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