Christie: ‘The President did not tell the truth’

Having just gotten re-elected in a blue state with the help of Democrats, fledgling presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie on this morning’s TV talk show circuit trained his sights on President Barack Obama.

“I said to him earlier that he should apologize,” Christie said, referring to the President’s earlier statements that people’s private insurance policies would not be impacted by Obamacare. “I said last week that he should apologize. When you make a mistake you should apologize. The president did not tell the truth. That’s why I didn’t do a state-exchange. Anyone could see this was a train wreck.”

Christie, who will take the helm of the Republican Governor’s Association next year, made his comments to Norah O’Donnell on Face the Nation.

O’Donnell noted Christie’s Election Night achievement of corraling 51% of the Hispanic vote and asked him if the Republican Party needs to pass an immigration bill.

“I think they have to fix a broken immigration system,” said the governor. “Listen, I hope they do, Norah. That’s what they should be doing. There are obvious problems that need to be fixed. We’re not using divided government as an excuse not to act.”

Chrisie said his agenda includes cutting income taxes and continuing with education reform, saying he wants school vouchers to give parents the opportunity to go to charter and private schools.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie