Chris Christie: I May Campaign Against Republicans Who Back Down On Entitlement Reform

Politico is reporting that Barack Obama may have laid an “entitlement trap” for Republicans by not addressing entitlement reform in his budget. It was a gift” for Democrats reports Politico. “[I]n their view, the setting of a political trap for a Republican Party divided between conservatives pushing for major changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and a GOP leadership wary of the political peril of tinkering with Americans’ retirement security.”

There is clearly some concern in certain Republican circles over taking on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security no matter how ugly the fiscal implications of those programs are. They are such emotional issues, so easily demagogued by the big government crowd, that they’re political kryptonite in a lot of ways.

But New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not only saying that Republicans can’t back down, he’s threatening to turn on Republicans who don’t take action. Christie was in DC today speaking at the American Enterprise Institute and, as is his wont, had some tough words to say:

This afternoon at the American Enterprise Institute, New Jersey governor Chris Christie said he wants House Republicans to “put up or shut up” on entitlement reform and had a message for those candidates he campaigned for in 2010: “If the people who I campaigned for don’t stand up and do the right thing, the next time they’ll see me in their district [it will be] with my arm around their primary opponent,” Christie said. “Because you asked me to put my reputation on the line for you based on a promise that you were going to deal with these hard issues.”

You can watch Christie’s whole speech at AEI (it’s both funny and engaging and well worth watching), but here’s a couple of clips of Christie talking about Social Security specifically. His point boils down, as he says at point, “you can’t fix these problems if you don’t talk about them.”

My favorite part of his speech was his describing how he dealt with the threat of a government shut down in New Jersey in response to his refusal to raise taxes (watch it to the end):

Christie has a gift for cutting through the tiresome, childish rhetoric about government spending cuts and striking at the heart of the matter. But before anyone suggests that this high-profile speech in DC today means Christie is running for President, he still says he’s not.

He says he may need to kill himself to prove to people that he’s not running.

I’ll close with this video that’s actually kind of old of Christie responding to a mother asking why the schools can’t help her son with his dyslexia. Christie’s proves why he may be the best communicator conservatives have right now:

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • robert108

    Why cherry-pick something that you can use to divide Republicans, port? He said many good things, but you pick out one that sounds negative. What’s your real agenda?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      It’s certainly not to be a flack for Republicans. I call them as I see
      them. It was the headline from Christie’s speech.

      • robert108

        “I call them as I see them.”

        Not what I asked you. When I asked about your agenda, I was asking about the filters through which you see things. Can I assume that you regard those who endorse the Republican Party against the Dem Party as “hacks”? Where is your loyalty?

  • robert108

    Sorry! I misread “flack” as “hack”, but you still used a derogatory term for a very large group of people who prefer the Republican agenda for our country to the Dem agenda for totalitarian rule.
    You seem to be doing the job of the MSM in trying to distract from the abysmal failures of the owebama administration by playing up anything that sounds like division among Republicans. I have called you on this before, and you continue with the same behavior.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    What’s he trying to do, get elected.

    • robert108

      Who, port?

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        Christie

        • robert108

          He has already been elected, so I don’t know where you’re coming from with that one. The main thrust of his speech was NOT to divide Republicans, but to discuss, in real terms, where he wanted to cut spending and balance his budget without onerous and destructive tax rate increases.
          Do you think port’s headline will get Dems to vote for him?

  • Neiman

    He is obviously too full of food and now getting far too full of himself. He will never gain the White House because he hates the Bill of Rights, he will never gain support, just a lot of attention trying to satisfy his enormous ego. He’s a clown!

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Robert108?

      • robert108

        Don’t be stupid. I received threats of violence, imprisonment and death for exercising my Second Amendment Rights just a few days ago, so the Bill of Rights haters are port’s gang of druggie thugs.

      • borborygmi

        Wow he took you seriously. It was a funny patter if you can have patter in written form. I give you a like

        • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

          Yeah, usually I’m just entertaining myself.

          • robert108

            It’s interesting that you find lying smear to be “entertaining”.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Tough words, Old Pal.
      Who is your candidate right now?

      • Neiman

        Well it is not your pig father that’s for sure!

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          I’m sure my 81 year old vet father would not be happy with your words either.
          But really, Old Pal, who would you vote for today?

          • Neiman

            Well your veteran father raised a lying, demon possessed son, which tells us what kind of failed man he is, I was talking about your father in hell, but you knew that.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, I don’t have a father in hell.
            Why such violent language about a question of who you would vote for?

            If you don’t know who you’d vote for, just say so.

          • Neiman

            Yes, Satan is your father, he is the father of all who reject Christ as their Savior and Lord. You are the exact image of your father in hell and your question is not an innocent one, it is a trap; wherein you can play more of your demonic games, it is from your father in hell speaking through you – his son. You NEVER engage in civil, honest debate or exchange of views with anyone, your every post and comment are rooted in pure evil and that is why you will not get an answer, you don’t want an answer – only something you can attack – must like your dad!

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, who would you vote for if the presidential election was held today?

          • Neiman

            When are you going to stop insulting me in every comment and accept Jesus as your only Savior and Lord? You get to answer first!

          • robert108

            Even such an ignorant pathological liar as you should know that there’s no voting until the first Tuesday in November, 2012, drama queen. You’re just doing your usual turd-stirring.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Oh Big 180 McCain voter, we all know you’re dumb, but stupid too?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            That’s not very nice, Old Pal.
            Shame on you.

  • Jamermorrow

    If Christie runs for president he better make sure he has a good VP because he looks like a heart attack waiting to happen.

  • ND in MD

    I don’t really see the clips presented as cherry-picked intended to divide, I see then more as the Governor reminding recently elected Republicans that they need to live up to the promises they made and it is not business as usual anymore.

    • robert108

      Just trying to divide Republicans to weaken their ability to defeat owebama’s insane spending agenda.

  • mikemc1970

    I hope he does. I hope he does it to Republican politicians that back down on cutting military spending. I hope he does it to Republican politicians that go to Iowa and talk about how great ethanol is. Spending must be cut, there can be no sacred cows.

    • robert108

      National defense isn’t a “sacred cow”; it’s one of the few Constitutional duties of the Federal govt.

      • mikemc1970

        There is fat to be cut.

  • LastBestHope

    the world is exploding and we are witnessing amazing things…and yet almost every thread becomes a rbb/neiman insultathon.Selfish and disrespectful to SAB…. and all who seek to exchange ideas here.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Mr. Hope, if the presidential election was held today, who would you vote for?

      • LastBestHope

        kid, when you call the most viewed network on cable in every time slot by their proper name, we might talk.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Mr. Hope, the world is exploding, the gop is in disarray and yet in every thread you and your pal’s turn this blog into an insultathon.

    By the way, Pox is not the most view network on cable.
    Look it up.
    While you’re there, look up how misinformed Pox viewers are.
    There are studies.

    Please let us know when your next CBS is Pravda post is due.
    I can’t wait to not read it.

    If you don’t know who you would vote for, just say so.
    Lots of gop are dithering about making a commitment.

    • robert108

      There’s no election until the first Tuesday in November, 2012, drama queen. Why are you so desperate to distract from the owebama debacle under which we are all suffering?

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Big 180 McCain voter, assuming you couldn’t vote for McCain again, for whom would you cast your ballot were the presidential election held today?

        • robert108

          Two more lies on your list, drama queen. I voted for Sarah, and oppose McCain, as I have always done. Furthermore, as I have already told you, the election is the first Tuesday in November, 2012, so that’s when I will vote. On the other hand, since you just lie about how I voted anyway, just make up whatever you want.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            It’s cute how you continually deny what you have admitted to.

            “I voted for him…”

            robert108 on November 7, 2008 at 08:41 am

            So Big 180 McCain voter, if you don’t know who you would vote for if the presidential election was held today, just say so.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            OK OK Big 180 McCain voter nit picking cherry picker, I’ll play your word game.

            Big 180 McCain voter, in the upcoming Presidential election on the second Tuesday in November 2012, what person do you hope will win?

          • robert108

            Six more lies from you, drama queen. As I said before, since you just make stuff up anyway, just make up what you want. Facts obviously don’t matter to you.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Big 180 McCain voter, do you mean you wish you could have voted for Palin?

          • robert108

            Two more lies from you, drama queen. I have told you how I voted, hundreds of times, but you keep making up your own stuff, so just continue. Nobody believes you, anyway.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Really?

            Then why did you write this:

            “I wish I could vote for Sarah for President; especially when she’s running against an America-hating black separatist/Marxist. Sarah is Reagan 2.0, dummy!”

            robert108 on September 5, 2008 at 10:54 am

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            So much bluster on other subjects but on this, silence, huh Big 180 McCain voter?

          • robert108

            Two more lies and more cherry-picking out of context from you, drama queen. I leave the hysterical blustering to you, while I smack you with the truth.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Big 180 McCain voter, that one is complete.

            In that comment you express regret that you can not vote for Mrs. Palin. You’ve been asked many times if Mrs. Palin was a write in candidate on your ballot and you’ve responded that she was not. Of course we all know that you have admitted to voting for McCain, because you’ve written as much.

            Keep on lying, Big 180 McCain voter. I never tire of smacking you with your own lies.

          • robert108

            Eight more lies from you, drama queen. I never said I voted for Sarah FOR PRESIDENT, so you lie. I said I voted for her, and explained, step by step, how and why I did so. If you’re not intelligent enough to understand the facts, it’s not my fault.
            I know you have obsessed on this for over two years, and you have it wrong, as you have from the beginning. Get a life.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            “All the rationalizing in the world doesn’t make it right…my vote will go to those with principles.
            robert108 on June 19, 2008 at 07:46 pm

            “I voted for him… ”
            robert108 on November 7, 2008 at 08:41 am[/quote]

          • robert108

            Looks like you need a remedial learning class, drama queen. All your cherry-picked, out of context “quotes” can’t change the fact that I voted for Sarah. For the last time:
            No Sarah, no vote.
            Sarah, vote.
            I can’t dumb it down any more for you; if you still don’t get it, you will just continue to obsess and lie.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Big 180 McCain voter, did you vote the gop presidential ticket or did you write in Mrs. Palin’s name?

  • WOOF

    I, I, I, me , me , me, Christie speaks.
    Christie has no dog in the SS .Medicare fight.
    He blusters , but has no vote, and won’t get in the ring.
    He’s a beard for the impotent.

    • robert108

      You lie again; every American has a dog in the fight against wasteful Dem social spending, the acme of which is the SS/Medicare debacle. Dem social engineering got us in this hole, and it will take Republican fiscal responsibility to get us out.

      • WOOF

        Americans paid in to SS & medicare and have earned the right to them.
        R, “fiscal responsibility” is a euphemism for theft from the people who contributed .

        • Bat One

          That “theft” you refer to was perpetrated by President Lyndon Johnson and a Democrat Congress who instituted “unitary budgeting” which brought the SS Trust Fund (ironic name, huh?) under the control of Congress and the Executive, allowing for the “borrowing” of Trust funds for current usage in exchange for Special US Treasury securities which now have to be redeemed from the General Fund to pay for current “benefits.” LBJ used the money to pay for his War on Poverty and the Vietnam War, both of which were horribly lost.

          There is no “right” to government entitlement benefits. A moral obligation, no doubt. But not a “right.

          • WOOF

            It’s not an entitlement when it’s earned through labor.

            PS Boehner’s office came up with 200k jobs by discounting 600k census jobs.
            That’s some creative math to legitimize the Speakers foghorn.

        • Bat One

          Where do you suppose Bernie Madoff got the idea for his Ponzi scam?

          • Guest

            Madoff is being used to support gutting SS in order to allow people private investment options? Are you high on crack? Do you know how much privately invested money the man pissed away with lies? No one is pretending that Social Security is something which should always be perfect all the time except for you folks and everyone knows your demands are foolish. Madoff pulled a heist at the apex of a climate of deregulation, following a series of other liars and preceding a stock tumble that resulted from poor oversight, private ratings companies, and a lack of competition laws.

            I’d like Bat1 to take the old folks who are on SS, boot ‘em, ignore all the money they paid in, pretend they stole the money they have gotten from him, and act indignant about the injustice. What a poptart. SS will be the death of y’all. Chase her to hell, Orpheus.

        • robert108

          The fact that Americans had their earnings confiscated to pay for those pyramid schemes is the problem, fool. We all have a dog in that fight, like I said before. You lied when you said Christie had no dog in that fight, since we all do. I smacked your lie with the truth, and you try to change the subject.
          Despite your ignorance, fiscal responsibility would be making the plan workable by investing the funds at a greater rate of return. Sorry you don’t know that. The state of both SS and Medicare right now is that they both steal from the people who are forced to pay.
          “Contribution” indicates that it’s voluntary, so you lie there, as well. We have no choice.

    • Bat One

      Sorry, WOOF, but its your boy in the White House who owns the first person singular…

      And the bluster…

      And the impotence.

      • WOOF

        You didn’t listen to the Big man’s tubes.

  • Coldwarrior57

    He should campaign against any one that isnt for entitlement reform. Doesnt matter if they have an I, D or R after their name. We are in a hurting finanical situation.

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