New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says if he were in the White House he would end the government shutdown by getting everyone into a room and not letting them leave until an agreement was reached.
"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 that we're not leaving this room until we fix this problem," the likely 2016 Republican hopeful said during the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation "Soul of Hunger" Roundtable Discussion.
"Because I'm the boss, I'm in charge.
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"When you're the executive, if you're waiting for leadership from the legislative branch of the government, whether you're the governor, or whether you're the president, or whether you're the mayor, you're going to be waiting forever — forever," Christie explained. "Because they're not built to lead and take risks."
Christie explained that politicians are often too concerned with how their vote is going to affect their next election than reaching an agreement.
"The only person who forces that in the end, to end that, is the executive," Christie said. "And so while there is blame to go around for the Republicans in the House for not coming to consensus even amongst themselves about the right way to handle this, and the Democrats in the Senate for not looking for ways to try to compromise with the Republicans in the House, there's also blame that goes onto the president as well."
Especially, Christie explained, since everyone knew this crisis was coming for months.
"The fact is that everybody involved — the speaker, the majority leader, the president, the minority leader in the Senate, and the minority leader in the House — they're the five leaders in Washington, they have an obligation to get in a room and get it done," he added.
The problem, Christie said, is that the party leaders "don't talk to each other, they talk at each other."
Christie said he would love to put a "big international 'no' sign" on the microphone bank in the halls of the Capitol and outside the White House that attract lawmakers like magnets.
"If we were able to eliminate those two spots and instead said to them . . . 'You can only go to those spots after you've actually had a real meeting where people have tried to really solve problems, then you go to the press,'" Christie said.
Christie said last week that it was "irresponsible" for Republican leaders to be pushing for a shutdown
, and at the time he was confident that lawmakers would reach an agreement .
However the federal government shut down early Tuesday morning
for the first time in 17 years after Congress failed to reach an agreement on the continuing resolution to fund the government.
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