New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said President Barack Obama is “too focused on political strategy” and “needs to lead.”
“I am not enamored with having a master political strategist in the White House,” Christie, a first-term Republican, said in a speech to the Committee of 100, a New York-based group that represents prominent Chinese-Americans. “I would rather have a leader.”
Obama needs to focus less on his “current domestic priorities,” which include high-speed rail, and more on reducing the cost of entitlements including Social Security, Christie said.
“If he does not lead on reforming entitlements, we are condemning our children to be the first generation of Americans who will not have as good a lifestyle as their parents,” the governor said.
Christie, 48, has become a rising national star in the Republican Party after he cut $10 billion in state spending on schools, pensions and local aid in his first budget. He has said repeatedly that he has no plans to run for president in 2012, even as the New York Post reported that his supporters in Iowa plan to meet with him this month to persuade him to seek the nomination.
The governor told the gathering today at the Waldorf- Astoria hotel that increasing taxes to balance New Jersey’s budget is “out of the picture.”
He also said he wants New Jersey to raise the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate new and larger ships, so that more international trade is sent through ports in the state.
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