Obama speech too polarizing, Christie says

Washington, D.C., is too focused on “bickering and temporary Band-Aids that lead to the next fight,” and the buck stops with President Barack Obama, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday evening.

Speaking on 101.5FM, the governor accused Obama of perpetuating the gridlock in Washington by failing to bring the nation and both political parities together. He narrowed his focus on the president’s second inaugural address, which Christie indicated was too polarizing.

“Instead of trying to bring people together it was a manifesto for, ‘Hey, it’s my way or the highway,’” Christie said on the monthly radio program Ask the Governor.

“We’re going to see how he acts moving forward,” he added, saying there’s still an opportunity for the president to do the right thing by being a leader that brings political parties together.

The governor was fielding a question from a caller who asked how the governor’s “brand” of being a GOP governor in a blue state could influence the Republican Party.

“If there’s any brand here in New Jersey it’s two fold,” Christie said. “One, we get things done in a bipartisan way and, two, we speak our minds and tell the truth whether it’s positive or negative for our political party.”

The governor conceded that any time parties lose two elections in a row that it’s time to “make a reassessment,” but said there’s still “a lot of positives” with the Republican Party.

"Sit down and shut up!"
—Gov. Chris Christie, to a Hurricane Sandy heckler