WHIPPANY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Chris Christie has traveled to Morris County to sell his budget plans for the upcoming year.
But the potential Republican presidential contender spent most of his town hall-style event Tuesday discussing other topics, including his assessment of what makes a winning candidate and his assertion that rights and liberties come from God, not government.
He said candidates need to be direct and blunt to win over voters. He also criticized President Barack Obama for relying too much on government to solve problems.
Christie also upped his rhetoric on the budget, warning that the state would eventually go bankrupt without an overhaul of public workers’ pension and health benefit systems. He’s proposed a new 401 (k)-style option for new workers and lower health care costs to pay off pension liabilities.