Christie Knocks ‘Almighty Government’ in Second Inaugural

The governor is looking to put recent scandals behind him

  • Share
  • Read Later

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie challenged Democratic views on income inequality and the size of government, even as he issued a plea for political unity on Tuesday as he was sworn in for a second term.

“I do not believe that New Jerseyans want a bigger, more expensive government that penalizes success and then gives the pittance left to a few in the name of income equity,” Christie said in his second inaugural speech. The sentiment took clear aim at Democrats’ recent emphasis on incoming inequality, most notably in neighboring New York City, where the issue fueled newly-elected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign last year.

“We should make sure that government pursues policies that believe in the effort, talent and optimism of New Jerseyans, not in the power of almighty government to fix any problem, real or imagined,” he said during the speech, which opened to a two-and-a-half minute standing ovation according to a CNN count.

Christie, who is trying to put behind him the high-profile traffic scandal that has hurt his 2016 presidential hopes, also called for bipartisanship and a break in the government gridlock that has plagued Washington, D.C.

“We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes the media and pundits put us in,” he said. “We have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us.”

Christie has been buffeted by revelations that aides closed lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as apparent political punishment for a small-town mayor in north Jersey who didn’t endorse Christie’s reelection bid. Christie apologized for the flap and fired a top aide while denying any knowledge of the revenge plot.

Inaugural celebrations planned for Tuesday evening on Ellis Island were canceled earlier in the day because of weather concerns ahead of a snowstorm. The Inaugural Committee said it would donate the planned catered food to local food pantries.

17 comments
La_Randy
La_Randy

Big government closes bridge lanes for no purpose other than the exercise of power.


Who would do that?

PresidentialAide
PresidentialAide

He will be the Republican nominee in 2016 ... and thanks to Christie ... we will have another 8 years of Democrats.

jmac
jmac

Boss Christie doesn't like big government!   Who'd a thought?  

JackBrumbelow
JackBrumbelow

And he is right, this political B.S. over petty politics is an indication of how some people are "scared to death" of Christie...


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@JackBrumbelowMisappropriating recovery funds, jeopardizing public safety and strong arming mayor to approve pet projects for connected donors is petty politics? Wonder if you would say the same if this was Obama involved.

grassroot
grassroot

@mantisdragon91@JackBrumbelowNo, Obmer hasn't done anything  petty as this, but has caused the deaths of 

people in Benghazi, and through his Fast and Furious program  not holding anyone accountable for these.

Almost as bad as Watergate, as one leftist commentator 

remarked of this Christie  attack. " this is worse than Watergate.," But Obmer is golden , to the far left anyway.

Obmer has plenty of pet projects and all of them destructive to this country and it's standing  in the world. In Watergate,

no one died.

dharmayeti
dharmayeti

@grassroot @mantisdragon91 @JackBrumbelow So Obama caused the deaths, did he? And his continuation on the Bush program of a sting to catch those illegally smuggling guns into Mexico, is his biggest crime? The problem is you will not accept that Christie MAY have done something illegal. How about sending Issa down to the state level and have him find some fault?

jmac
jmac

@JackBrumbelow @mantisdragon91 Stephens should have accepted the Generals offer of help - that he gave twice in two weeks before Benghazi.  Stephens shouldn't have relied on his Libyan friends to warn him.  The blame game is all over the place and if we're going to have remote outposts in Africa, we need funding and we need the CIA to work with the State Department.   

ElKabong73
ElKabong73

@mantisdragon91@JackBrumbelow Agree.  I can't stand listening to Gov. Kramden; he's a big gasbag!  I hope they impeach him for misuse of federal money.  His presidential hopes are OVER!