(CNN) – In an interview with a local radio station Monday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Obamacare a “train wreck.”
"This is just an awful law. It made no sense and that's why I didn't get into a state exchange. And no, I have absolutely no regrets. In fact, I’m really glad that the train wreck’s not mine; it’s his," Christie told listeners on New Jersey 101.5FM, referring to President Barack Obama.
Christie, who is considered a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, appeared on 101.5FM’s “Ask the Governor” segment for the first time since he was re-elected governor by a historic margin earlier in November.
In the interview, the governor was candid about his frustration with some Democratic New Jersey state legislators in swing districts for using his brand to help them get re-elected.
“I love how the legislators say, ‘Well you know, we got re-elected too.’ Well I watched those races. You know what they ran on? ‘We agree with Gov. Christie. We work with Gov. Christie.’ So they have no mandate from this election separate from mine. I want everyone out there to hear that," Christie said.
"They all ran on a platform, ‘We work with the governor. We work across the aisle with the governor.’ Well let’s see now, because they didn’t articulate any other message.”
In addition to his role as governor, last week Christie was named chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, a position that requires a lot of travel and campaigning. While the governor says that he has played similar campaigning roles in previous elections, he did admit that his children do sometimes get jealous that they have to share his attention with his job and that he continues to be distracted. In response, Christie said that he tries to make his children feel like a part of his career, and not “put-upon” by it, by letting them take pictures and speak at major events.
“The role they play is kind of personified by election night. All four of them spoke on election night. They all have a voice and that’s not only outside but inside the family too ... If they think that I’m doing something that either they like a lot or they don’t like, they’ll come to me," Christie said.
WKXW (101.5FM)’s “Ask the Governor” program is a monthly hour-long radio interview with the governor. The station is located just outside of Trenton, New Jersey and serves the surrounding area.