As the country deals with its first government shutdown in 17 years, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sent a message to his fellow politicians on Tuesday: run the government instead of shutting it down.
While speaking at a press conference at Ramapo College, Christie turned his attention towards the shutdown debate, claiming lawmakers failed their country in their inability to find a solution.
“When we see the craziness we're seeing down in Washington DC today where people who say that they want to be in public life to try to run the government and then their solution to doing that is to not speak to each other, not work with each other, and shut our government down, that's a failure,” Christie said. “That's a failure of people in public life for everyone in this country who's depending upon a government that will get its stuff together.”
Christie also stated that the government needs to do a better job of listening to the American people.
“…we need to make sure that we have a government that listens to the needs of the people who pay for it,” he said. “We’re not supposed to be dictating to you, we’re supposed to be listening, and I think much too much in politics these days we have folks who have forgotten that one of the most important parts of leadership is listening.”
Christie is considered a potential 2016 presidential contender. During his speech, he promised he would challenge both himself and his peers to listen more to the “people who are going to lead our state and our country in the future.”
“…we’re going to do a lot more listening around here and a lot less talking,” Christie said. “And I hope in Washington what they figure out is that what we pay them to do when we send them down there is to run the government, not to shut it down.”