Christie calls Obamacare a ‘train wreck’
November 26th, 2013
08:28 PM ET
7 years ago

Christie calls Obamacare a ‘train wreck’

(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.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Faux Scandals

    He must have just recieved his faux news talking points.

    November 26, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. MIke in Texas

    He's going Tea Party. He has the RWNJ talking point down. "Train Wreck" is a dead giveaway. It's the extreme right's favorite adjective to describe ACA.

    November 26, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Christie is always looking out for the people of NJ. That is about as far from the truth as he could get. Evidently, NJ has a liar in chief.

    November 26, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    It should have been, "Christie is always looking out for the people of NJ????"

    November 26, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    This guy is an idiot, yes, the real train wreck is insurance companies DENYING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONED PATIENTS, real train wreck is insurance companies looting, real train wreck is Hospitals doing unneeded tests for GREED to suck money from people, if they can not afford to pay back–attach their homes–make them homeless–idiot. This GOP thug do not even qualify to be a COOK IN WH.

    November 26, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie is signaling a run for the presidency. It is too late for him to distance himself from President Obama since he is branded a RINO by his own party.

    November 26, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Iamnotfooled

    What is his alternative?

    November 26, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. terry

    This obamacare is all on the democrats the republicans tried to negotiate. The dems just shoved it down our throats.

    November 26, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. Winston Smith

    With that in mind, what does he call the republican party. Clue: The train wreck of all times.

    November 26, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Tony in Maine

    Christie playing to the far right again. But what happens when, by election time, the ACA is a roaring success?


    November 26, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. jj

    Why doesn't Gov. Chris Christie have a health solution for his state? Doesn't Gov. Chris Christie care?

    November 26, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. MaryM

    So, Christie, What will YOU do to fix it

    November 26, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. ladies first

    $600,000.00, did not run right in the beginning. makes perfect sense. But, only time will tell, what the ACA is really all about.

    November 26, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  14. ED1

    Again you are being to nice that remark would be an upgrade to what it really and for all the stupid elected people who voted for the bill.

    November 26, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. John

    So you are opposed to our "poorest 50 million" having insurance? If they get leukemia, cancer, heart disease, they should be left to die, correct? You like the GOP stance of "no new ideas to correct this" over the past 50 years.....and you say you care about the people of New Jersey? How about those with no insurance or have insurance but does not cover any of their serious illnesses?...............and you are bragging about this stance?..................

    November 26, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. NYNJCT

    I, definitely, agree with Gov. Christie.

    November 26, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. Wes

    The uhbama has been a train wreck since he was elected.

    November 26, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. S. B. Stein

    If Christie had been paying attention, then he would have known that most states and their sites have been working better than the federal one. He is doing this so that he looks good for the presidential primary in 2016. He's done so much already like not considering raising taxes to cover a budget debt.

    November 26, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    The website has issues and the launch was rocky and the whole law is a "train wreck"?

    Stupid statement, utterly stupid. The kissing up by ol' tubby has begun. He's going to swing to the far right and then swing to the middle and hope that all that swinging will work out.

    Christie is just another pathetic GOP loser.

    November 27, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  20. Scott

    What is needed to support Obamacare is a lot more money, and the President and all his men have known this since 2009. Nobody keeps their plan, and everybody pays way more than before. On these terms it can work.

    One problem. Families will have to make do with an old car, and half as much food in order to make Obamacare affordable. The automobile and grocery businesses will suffer because of it..

    November 27, 2013 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  21. RomneyWho

    Fat mouth, egotistic Christie, believing in his own hype, now that's the real Dough Boy I remember! 🙁

    November 27, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  22. Marie MD

    He's already turning right and is close to falling off the cliff.
    For those of you who thought he was moderate and such a sweet fat bully, he isn't.

    November 27, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  23. king

    i hope these Americans dont get smitten and allow Christie to be president, this country cannot withstand another conservative corporates lackey into the supreme court, because how can the average Americans deals with the corporate big boys and their massive propaganda machine, especially how simple the American people minds are, they will take over our democracy without a gun fired, and say it was a good thing until time show them differently. lesson folks we are in a global market now, with everyone on a level field, that means everyone on the planet have a fare chance in the eyes of the corporations, especially if those folks, who might not be Americans makes them more profits. its time Americans open their eyes and see what our country is barreling towards, and that is a one world order, where corporations rule and every one starts at the starting line, i wonder how Americans will compete with countries like china and India who out numbers us 6 to1 and dont ask for much as salaries. obamacare is the only money grabber keeping these corporations here, when repubs get rid of obamacare, well just say that big corporations doesn't have much to stick around for.

    November 27, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  24. W.G.

    It´s amazing how this right wing ball of Crisco has hoodwinked the democrats in his state into voting for him .
    Except for some T.V. promotions he´s really NOT DONE ALOT for N.Jersey . People are still homeless there
    after Sandy , he actually had the nerve to YELL at a TEACHER for asking for help with education . He is against
    equal rights for his own citizens and he definitley believes in Corporate Welfare . I guess you can fool all of the
    people all of the time if they´re from N.Jersey .

    November 27, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Positioning ourselves to appeal to the 20 cray-crays left in your base Christie?
    There's the NJ Christie we've come to know.

    November 27, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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