NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A defiant New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday shrugged off a mounting budget crisis and blamed Democrats for economic problems in the state that threaten to further taint his presidential ambitions.
“In my state, everything that I’ve had to do has been an issue of a compromise or battle with a Democratic legislature,” the New Jersey governor charged during a Republican Governors Association news conference that also featured a trio of high-profile GOP governors. “I often am jealous of my three colleagues up here who have Republican legislatures. They can actually have Republican policies implemented.”
The remarks represent a dramatic shift for Christie, who only six months ago delivered a triumphant re-election speech casting himself as a can-do, bipartisan leader driving a New Jersey comeback.