New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Washington on Monday for not averting the $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts that took effect on Friday under the sequester — saying that “real leadership” was AWOL.
“I don’t understand it, I don’t understand why they haven’t fixed it already,” Christie said at a news conference in Trenton, Politico reports. “It seems to me that it should be pretty easy to fix.
“Real leadership would get this fixed. Get everybody in the room and you fix it — and you don’t let them leave until you fix it.
“This is what real leadership is; not calling a meeting two hours before the thing’s going to hit to have a photo-op in the driveway at the White House,” Christie added. “That’s not real leadership. Fix it!”
The blunt-talking GOP governor then offered: “If anybody in this room thinks they understand Washington, D.C., please come on up, stand behind the podium and you give the answers, because I don’t have the first damn idea of what they’re doing down there.
“The worst thing about sequester in my view is that they’re not spending any time talking about entitlement spending, which is where we need to focus on over the long haul to make a big difference in terms of our long-term fiscal health as a country,” Christie added. “I’m disappointed in that but, you know, if you stacked up all the things that disappoint me about Washington, D.C., it would be pretty tall.
“We have big problems in this country to fix and we’re not dealing with it,” he said, according to Politico.
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