New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie voiced his displeasure with President Barack Obama in no uncertain terms on Monday. During a news conference in Camden, N.J., Christie took Obama to task for a failure of leadership during the supercommittee deliberations on budget deficit reduction, calling the president a “bystander in the Oval Office.”
“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration about the failure of the supercommittee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved,” the popular, feisty governor said.
“Well, then what the hell are we paying you for? 'It’s doomed for failure, so I’m not getting involved'? Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”
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Both parties are responsible for Washington’s gridlock, Christie said, adding that the president’s job is to break through that obstacle and get things done.
Christie offered his own success in New Jersey as a model. “In New Jersey, the reason [problems got solved] is because I called people into the room and said we’re going to solve this problem,” he said.
“And I had people of good will on the other side who said they believed it was their obligation, regardless of party, to get done things like pension and benefit reform. Why the president of the United States refuses to do this is astonishing to me.”
If Obama is incapable of that kind of leadership, he should have just stayed in the Senate, where he could have been elected over and over again, Christie said. But as president, “He’s the one in Washington, and he’s got to get something done here,” Christie said. “It’s not good enough just to say, ‘Well, I’ll get it done after the election.'"
The Occupy Wall Street movement and tea party movement share one — and only one — thing in common: “an anger that government can’t get things done.” And that anger is similar to what Christie feels. “They look at Washington, D.C. ,and a president that’s a bystander in the oval office.”
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