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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In an interview at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit on Wednesday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) answered for the significant budget problems in New Jersey that continue to worsen on his watch.

Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News wasted no time questioning Christie’s strategy to combat the dismal economic reports coming out of the Garden State in recent weeks. “The news is not so good about New Jersey,” Schieffer said. “You’re facing a shortfall in your budget of $807 million, credit rating was recently downgraded again, there’s concern the state will be unable to make its pension payments, you’ve got low job growth when compared to some other states—so I guess I’ll just begin with a general question, where do you start? Can you fix this and can you do all of it at once?”

Recall that in 2012, Governor Christie told voters that he would change New Jersey’s economy and return it to a path of prosperity, but the facts point to more stagnation than progress. From March 2013 to March 2014, New Jersey ranked last in national job growth; it is currently the country’s fifth worst state economy; and for the sixth time during Christie’s tenure in office, Moody’s Investor Service has downgraded the state’s credit rating.

Christie defended the actions his administration has taken thus far, remarking that “the comeback we’ve made has been exceptional but not complete.”

The governor went on to blame—well, anyone but himself. “I’m trying in the last five years to fix problems that we’ve accumulated over the last 20,” Christie said.

DNC National Press Secretary Michael Czin, a persistent Christie critic,  issued the following response on Wednesday afternoon: “For all his bluster and claims of straight talk, the bottom line is that Chris Christie will deflect, blame and attack others on nearly every issue—from Bridgegate to his budget crisis—while failing to take responsibility for his miserable record.”

Christie began by blaming the state’s economists, whom he says he pressed on how they were so wrong on their predictions. “They said, ‘we just missed it.’ And the great thing about an economist is that’s all they have to say.” But, he continued, “I’m the one that has to fix your mess.”

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  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    “I’m Chris Christie, and even though I set the policy for our state, there ain’t nuthin’ wrong here, and if there is, it ain’t my fault! It’s the fault of those incompetents I appointed. So I’m gonna replace ’em with a different bunch of boot licking toad-suckers! And if they get it wrong, it’s their fault, not mine!”

  • itsfun

    Does he remind you of someone else by blaming everybody but himself for problems?

    • Sand_Cat


      • itsfun

        nope, kinda reminds me of you though

  • latebloomingrandma

    One thing Christie was right about. He wasn’t ready to run for President in 2012. Thank goodness we found that out. If he’s doing such a dismal job in NJ, what would he do with the amount of problems Obama had on his doorstep in 2008? The POTUS job seems to get more complicated each decade.

  • MVH1

    Does this fellow ever take responsibility for anything that happens under his watch? Has he ever heard “the buck stops here”? Does it mean anything at all to him other than his over-inflated image of himself? Thank goodness Christie will never be a resident of the White House. Never.

  • Grannysmovin

    Christie claims he is not a bully, he knows nothing of any of these scandals, yet according to those who know him he is very much a hands on leader. Well he is either extremely inept at governing or is deaf, dumb and blind or is a very skilled liar. One of the three has to be applicable.

    • Independent1

      You got it right with “or is a very skilled liar”. Christie started off his political career by putting together an ad with his wife and son sitting on their couch which included a lie about his opponent. Here’s a little on that:

      In Chris Christie’s first successful campaign for public office, he sat down next to his wife and baby, looked into a camera and told voters something that wasn’t true.

      It was 1994, and Christie was a 31-year-old lawyer running for the county board in suburban Morris County, N.J. He was making a television ad, saying to the camera that his opponents were “being investigated by the Morris County prosecutor.”

      Actually, they weren’t. But Christie’s inaccurate ad ran more than 400 times on cable TV before the June GOP primary. He won.

      See this for more:

  • JDavidS

    What’s surprising about this headline is that anyone would be surprised by it. “It’s not my/our fault” has been the RepubliCONS/Tea Clowns mantra for years. Even when all the facts prove otherwise.

  • ExRadioGuy15

    This is something the Fascist GOP love to do: “even though it’s really my fault things went south, I’m blaming it on others, ‘cuz that’s how I/we roll”.
    For the GOP, “responsibility” means saying that nothing is their fault. A corollary to that is when something goes correctly, despite their policies, and they take unwarranted credit for it. Pathetic….

  • Bambi

    The words of a ‘narcissistic’ politician who shifts the blame to others. He exploited the weaknesses of those under him so they would bear the brunt of the outcomes he foresaw and condoned with his silence. This narcissitic governor should share responsibility for the misdeeds committed against the people and should answer to the people for exploiting those who engaged in this destructive abuse of power.

  • Dominick Vila

    In 2012, Gov. Christie said he would change the New Jersey economy and set it on a path to prosperity by, among other things, implementing an austerity program. Two years later, New Jersey’s economy is among the worst in the country. So much for Tea Party “solutions”….

  • JSquercia

    You have to love these Republican Governors they cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations and then are surprised that revenues are DOWN .