Christie: No Labels, 'Judge Me by My Record'
(CNSNews.com) - "Are you a moderate or a conservative?" NBC's David Gregory asked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Sunday's "Meet the Press."
"Listen, I don't get into these labels," Christie said. "That's the Washington, D.C., game, and what all those men and women down there play."
Christie said people should judge him by his record:
"Judge me by my record. That, I'm very, very comfortable with. All the labels -- that's for the folks down in Washington, D.C., and obviously, they love playing that game, but the people of America aren't interested in that game, and I think given the approval ratings in Washington, they've shown that."
Christie touted his record on four of the Sunday talk shows, saying his state is spending less in fiscal 2014 than it did in 2008 real dollars. He also said he's cut business taxes, created 143,000 new private-sector jobs, and reformed teacher tenure as well as pensions and health benefits.
Asked about a Wall Street Journal report saying that he has failed to improve New Jersey's economy or bring down the state's relatively high unemployment rate, Christie said he's "going to continue to do the job that we've done already."
"But I never said during my re-election campaign that the job was done. If the job was done, I wouldn't run for a second term. Why bother? I'd just ride off into the sunset. We've got a lot of work still to do, and we're going to continue to do it. But that's why I asked for a second term and four more years, to go and keep at it and lower taxes, continue to control spending and continue to prove economic opportunity in our state. That's exactly what I'm going to do."
Over at Fox News Sunday, Christie ducked a question about running for president in 2016:
"What I'm interested in doing is being the governor of New Jersey," he told Chris Wallace. "And the fact is, we've got a lot of things to do, a lot of things to focus on. And I know everybody's going to be speculating about what may come in my future and lots of other people's future in our party, but the fact is I'm focused on being the governor of New Jersey and being the chairman of the Republican Governor's Association. And I think those two jobs will keep me pretty busy over the next year."
Asked if Republicans have an obligation to make Obamacare work, Christie said he thinks the law was a mistake, and he said he's advised President Obama to own up to it and tell folks the truth."
"I think it's a failed policy. That's why we did not institute state-based exchanges, and you can see exactly why when you see the disaster that's happening right now.
"The fact of the matter is, the president didn't tell folks the truth about what was going to happen with their own private insurance policies. And what I urged him to do for the last two weeks, when I've been on the campaign trail, is tell people the truth. That's the thing they expect, and I think that's why we've gotten the support we've gotten in New Jersey, because whether it's good news or bad news, I tell folks in New Jersey the hard truths they need to hear."
New Jersey did not set up its own health care exchange, but it did go along with Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, ABC's George Stephanopoulos noted:
"I do what's best for the people in the state of New Jersey every day. And expanding Medicaid in the state of New Jersey, given how expansive our program already was, it's a relatively small expansion but it's going to mean a lot. And it's also going to benefit New Jersey's budget," Christie said.
"See, here's what makes me different than a lot of these other guys. I'm going to do what I think is right for the people who elected me. And a lot of these other folks are always trying to put their finger in the wind and see which way the wind's blowing that day.
"My job is to run the state of New Jersey. That's what I do every day. And the fact is, George, when you do that, people across the spectrum give you credit. And that's what those election results, 61 percent of the vote on Tuesday, show."