New Jersey’s feisty GOP Gov. Chris Christie took it to President Barack Obama on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, and explained why he thinks Mitt Romney is superior to Newt Gingrich as a presidential candidate, Politico
Obama has decided to “fritter” away the rest of the year focusing on his re-election rather than policy matters, Christie said. “[Obama is] someone who still is searching around in a dark room trying to find the light switch of leadership,” he said.
“My quarrel with the president is that he has not stepped up and led. Of course I have philosophical differences with him, but in the end he has not stepped up and led -- Simpson-Bowles is the perfect example.” Christie was referring to Obama’s fiscal commission, whose recommendations ended up going nowhere.
Christie wasn’t pleased to hear Obama compare himself to Teddy Roosevelt in a speech earlier this month. “That was such ridiculous, pabulum-filled pander. For Barack Obama, who is probably the weakest president I’ve seen in my lifetime, to stand up and utter his name in the same breath as Teddy Roosevelt? Are you kidding me?” Christie said.
“For him to sit there and say, ‘It’s time for us to step up our game,’ ‘It’s time to meet the moment’? Well, you know, Mr. President, we’ve been waiting for you to meet the moment for three years.”
Romney can provide the leadership that Obama hasn’t, Christie said. “Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for president, and when he is, he has proven before that he can reach across the aisle,” the New Jersey governor said.
“He was the governor in Massachusetts with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature, and got things done when he was there. That is something Barack Obama has never in his life proven he can do. Voting present in the Illinois state legislature doesn’t count.”
Still, Christie said that he has urged Romney to be “edgier and bolder.”
As for former House Speaker Gingrich, “I think the problem for us if Speaker Gingrich were at the top is that the election would be about Speaker Gingrich and not about the president,” Christie said.
“I think, as Republicans, this election has to be about the president. The speaker just can’t help himself but make himself the center of attention all the time, for the comments he makes.”
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