Chris Christie quotes

  • There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their Speaker, John Boehner.
    -- Chris Christie

    #House #Suffering #Majority

  • If I cannot trust someone's judgment, I cannot ask others to do so, and I would not place him at the head of my political operation.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Political #Judgment #Operations

  • America under Barack Obama has become a defensive, reactive and weaker country both at home and abroad.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Home #America

  • Remember, at the end of the day [election] campaigns are always about the candidates.
    -- Chris Christie

    #The End Of The Day #Campaigns #Election

  • They believe in teachers unions. We believe in teachers.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Teacher #Believe #Unions

  • I think the presidency is much too serious a thing to just play politics with.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Thinking #Play #Serious

  • You see, Mr. President - real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Real #Leader #President

  • As we all grow and we get older, there are always little changes about our personality that happen.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Personality #Littles #Grows

  • The rule for effective governance is simple. It is one Ronald Reagan knew by heart. And one that he successfully employed with Social Security and the Cold War. When there is a problem, you fix it. That is the job you have been sent to do and you cannot wait for someone else to do it for you.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Jobs #War #Heart

  • I believe in my heart that I am ready to work to restore America to its rightful place in the world.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Believe #Heart #America

  • The job of a leader, the job of a governor, the job of a president, is to get the people in the room and bang enough heads together and rub enough arms and cajole enough to have them put the country and the state's greater interest ahead of their own personal partisan interest. That's what we did in New Jersey and that's the model for America.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Jobs #America

  • Only in America, where someone like me could have the opportunity to seek the highest office the world has to offer. Not only can all of us achieve whatever dream we want to achieve because of the place where we live and the opportunities it gives us, but that we not only can do it together, but we have to do it together!
    -- Chris Christie

    #Dream #Opportunity #America

  • If we make the tough decisions now, we will be one year ahead of 80 percent of the states in the race to economic growth. If we fail to act, we will fall even further behind... by going first, we can become first.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Fall #Race #Years

  • I love to hug my children. I love to tell them I love them every day before they leave for school or before I leave for work. And I think that's the most important thing you can do as a father is to make sure that your children know they're loved.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Children #Father #School

  • Given my last position, that I was the first U.S attorney post 9/11 in New Jersey, I understand acutely the pain and sorrow and upset of the family members who lost loved ones that day at the hands of radical Muslim extremists. And their sensitivities and concerns have to be taken into account.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Pain #Taken #Hands

  • People have the absolute right to preach and to think and to say whatever they believe, and at the same time those beliefs can't be used as the basis for denying other people their equal rights and their equal freedom.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Believe #Thinking #Rights

  • I am who I am, but I am not a bully,
    -- Chris Christie

    #Who I Am #Bully #I Am Who I Am

  • I'm quite sure that no court is telling anybody that they cannot say whatever they want to say.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Want #Court

  • When people run a business and open their door to the public, they must serve the public. That doesn't mean they can't say whatever they want to say. It doesn't mean they can't believe whatever they want to believe. Those are protected also. But businesses must serve the public. And that's a principle that we fought for in this country over many, many decades, when some were invoking religious freedom as an excuse to deny people on the basis of their race, on the basis of their religion, on the basis of sex and on the basis now of sexual orientation. Let's not confuse one thing with the other.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Running #Religious

  • People have an absolute right to believe what they want to believe and to say what they want to say, and churches have an absolute protection to preach and do and not do whatever they choose to do within their houses of worship. But nondiscrimination laws apply to the commercial marketplace and they do protect all of us.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Believe #Law #People

  • I believe that American engagement, through our embassy, our businesses, and most of all through our people, is the best way to advance our interests and support for democracy and human rights.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Believe #Rights #People

  • I know the human spirit. I haven't found a wall that can be built that a determined human being can't get over, under or around.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Wall #Spirit #Determined

  • Be careful about anybody who's running for president who's going to tell you that they're going to build a wall across the entire southern border. It's not going to happen. It is the wrong message to send. And it's not going to be effective.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Running #Wall #Southern

  • The American people are tired. They're tired of the bickering in Washington, D.C., and the lack of action.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Tired #People #Action

  • I think people hear the question they want to hear.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Thinking #People #Want

  • When you're pro-life, you need to be pro-life for the whole life.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Pro Life #Needs #Whole Life

  • It is heartbreaking to me that I wasn't told the truth. I'm a very loyal guy, and I expect loyalty in return. And lying to me is not an exhibition of loyalty.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Loyalty #Lying #Guy

  • I don't hide my emotions from people. I am not a focus-group tested, blow- dried candidate or governor.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Blow #People #Focus

  • I'm not in the business of satisfying everybody. I'm in the business of trying to satisfy the people who elected me governor.
    -- Chris Christie

    #People #Trying

  • It's easy for people to be characterized in public life based upon their personality, and I have a very direct, blunt personality. And I understand why some people would then characterize that, especially people who don't like you, as bullying, but it's not that.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Bullying #People #Personality

  • There are times when people that you put in those positions make mistakes, they disappoint you, you lose their - you lose your confidence in them, or they lie to you. And when you find that out, the test of leadership is what do you do.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Mistake #Lying #People

  • When you're exonerated, then the people who wrongly accused you should have the guts to stand up and say, "I'm sorry."
    -- Chris Christie

    #Sorry #People #Should

  • I think what the American people want more than anything else is a strong and decisive leader.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Strong #Thinking #People

  • Never be easy for any president to deal with any Congress. But republicans got to work together. We got to get things done.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Working Together #President #Done

  • No wonder nobody around the world is nervous about America anymore. No wonder we're not intimidating our adversaries and they're running around wild in the world, because they know we're not investing in our defense anymore. We need to make or military strong, not to wage war, but to avoid war and to bring peace and stability in the world.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Running #Strong #War

  • I am not going to make any commitments to the teachers union to do anything until they do something that's other than in their own self- interest. And everything they have done so far is in their self-interests, and that's it.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Teacher #Commitment #Self

  • I think Gingrich has embarrassed the party over time. Whether he'll do it again in the future, I don't know. But Gov. Romney never has.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Party #Thinking #Embarrassed

  • I know we can fix our problems. When there are people in the room who care more about doing the job they were elected to do than they worry about winning reelection, it is possible to work together, achieve principal compromise, and get results for the people who give us these jobs in the first place.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Jobs #Winning #Worry

  • I'm so tired of talking about Warren Buffett.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Tired #Talking #Buffett

  • Well, let me tell you, after three years of Obama, we are hopeless and changeless, and we need Mitt Romney to bring us back, to bring America back.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Years #America #Three

  • And on this you have my pledge - unlike in the past, when you stood up and did what was right, this governor will not pull the rug out from underneath you - I will sign strong reform bills.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Strong #Past #Reform

  • I said we are going to balance an $11 billion budget deficit in a $29 billion budget, so by percentage, the largest budget deficit in America, by percentage, larger than California, larger than New York, larger than Illinois. And we're going to balance that without raising taxes on the people of the state of New Jersey.
    -- Chris Christie

    #New York #Illinois #California

  • One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits - a total of $3.8m on a $120,000 investment.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Retirement #Years #Careers

  • You know, I think what the American people want more than anything else right now is someone who's just going to look them in the eye and tell them the truth, even some truths that they don't like. And - but they have to believe the person's speaking from their heart and are authentic.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Believe #Heart #Eye

  • And I just think that we're at a point in our economic life here in our state - and - and, candidly, across the country, where increased taxes is just the wrong way to go. The people of our state are not convinced that state government, county government, local government has done all they can with the money we already give them, rather than the money that we have before.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Thinking #Government

  • I absolutely believe that, come November 2012, I'm going to be governor of New Jersey and not in any other office. But the fact of the matter is, if Gov. Romney, who's going to be our nominee, picked up the phone and called me to talk about this, I love my country enough and I love my party enough to listen.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Party #Believe

  • I think America needs lots of tough people. Not just me. I think America needs to get tougher, all of us.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Thinking #America #People

  • I don't think there's anybody in America who thinks my personality is best suited to being Number Two.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Thinking #Two #Numbers

  • Today we must make a pact with each other to end this reckless conduct with the people's government.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Government #People #Today

  • Today, the biggest challenge we must meet is the one we present to ourselves. To not become a nation that places entitlement ahead of accomplishment. To not become a country that places comfortable lies ahead of difficult truths. To not become a people that thinks so little of ourselves that we demand no sacrifice from each other.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Lying #Sacrifice

  • Here's what I know about political campaigns: no matter what you map out at the beginning, it's always different at the end.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Political #Different #Campaigns

  • Mom spent the time that she was supposed to be a kid actully raising children, her younger brother and younger sister. She was tough as nails and did not suffer fools at all. And the truth was she could not afford to. She spoke the truth, bluntly, directly, and without much varnish. I am her son.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Mom #Brother #Children

  • I'm tired of dealing with the crazies.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Tired

  • These esoteric, intellectual debates-I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation,
    -- Chris Christie

    #Intellectual #Widows #Want

  • And the greatest lesson that mom ever taught me though was this one. She told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. Now she said to always pick being respected.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Mom #Would Be #Lessons

  • Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American Dream. That may turn out to be a good re-election strategy for President Obama, but is a demoralizing message for America.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Dream #America #President

  • Here is their plan. Whistle a happy tune while driving us off a fiscal cliff as long as they are behind the wheel of power when we fall.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Fall #Long #Tunes

  • They said it was impossible to touch the third rail of politics, to take on public-sector unions and to reform a pension and health benefits system that was headed to bankruptcy. But with bipartisan leadership, we saved taxpayers $132 billion dollars over 30 years and saved retirees their pensions. We did it.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Years #Reform #Dollars

  • I would not compromise my principles for politics. You're saying, will it become politically unpopular to have the position I'm having? If it does, so be it. I don't compromise my principles for politics.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Gay #Principles #Doe

  • But our leaders of today have decided it's more important to be popular, to say and do what's easy, and say yes rather than to say no, when no is what is required.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Leader #Important #Today

  • I believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Father #Believe

  • Is there any wonder why we are in such big trouble? Any question why the people don't trust their government anymore, and demand a change?
    -- Chris Christie

    #Government #People #Demand

  • When elected, I will make education funding a top priority and I believe we must ensure those dollars reach our children and the classroom
    -- Chris Christie

    #Children #Believe #Priorities

  • Marijuana addiction is a serious problem
    -- Chris Christie

    #Marijuana #Addiction #Serious

  • I'd rather have my teeth drilled than listen to that awful song, 'Fly, Eagles Fly.'
    -- Chris Christie

    #Song #Eagles #Awful

  • We need to take on the teachers' union once and for all.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Teacher #Needs #Unions

  • If I missed my moment, I missed my moment. I mean, I wasn't pining to be president of the United States.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Mean #President #United States

  • We're telling small-business owners that not only are we going to raise their costs by a buck and a quarter, but we're also going to raise it with these cost-of-living adjustments. Here's what's going to happen: They're going to have to lay people off.
    -- Chris Christie

    #People #Political #Cost

  • Today is the day for the complaining to end and for statesmanship to begin. Today I am taking action to cut state spending and balance the budget this year.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Cutting #Years #Balance

  • The people elected us to end the talk and to act decisively.
    -- Chris Christie

    #People #Ends

  • I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That's my view, and that'll be the view of our state because I wouldn't sign a bill that - like the one that was in New York.
    -- Chris Christie

    #New York #Believe #Men

  • And I think what people in New Jersey have gotten to know about me over the last decade that I've been in public life is what you see is what you get. And I'm no different when I'm sitting with you than I am when I'm at home or anyplace else.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Home #Thinking #People

  • I can guarantee you this, that more pension and benefit reforms which I will consider arbitration reform to be one of them, are things that when they come to my desk, they will be signed.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Umpires #Arbitration #Reform

  • A retired teacher paid $62,000 towards her pension and nothing, yes nothing, for full family medical, dental and vision coverage over her entire career. What will we pay her? $1.4 million in pension benefits and another $215,000 in health care benefit premiums over her lifetime.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Teacher #Careers #Vision

  • The truth was you can't continue to spend the kind of money our spending on all these entitlement programs. I think we need more people in public life who are willing to say, no, we can't afford certain things. No, we can't do certain things.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Thinking #People #Needs

  • We believe - we believe that, if we tell the people the truth, that they will act bigger than the pettiness we see in Washington, D.C. We believe it is possible to forge bipartisan compromise, and stand up for our conservative principles.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Believe #People #Principles

  • Higher taxes is the road to ruin. We must and we will shrink our government, and that means making some tough choices, tightening our belts.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Mean #Government #Choices

  • And I think if the president's made a mistake here, it's this laid-back kind of approach where he's waiting for someone else to solve the problem. Some people say it's a political strategy. No matter what it is, it's not effective in solving problems.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Mistake #Thinking #People

  • The three top issues have to be restoring jobs and private sector job growth to our country, getting the entitlement mess under control, and restoring back to our country a sense of self-confidence that Americans can achieve whatever we want to achieve.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Jobs #Self Confidence

  • Everyone wants to demagogue everyone else. That may be good politics, but it's awful policy.
    -- Chris Christie

    #May #Want #Awful

  • If anybody ran a business like that they would be out of business quickly, and Barack Obama's leadership is driving this business, the United States of America, toward a fiscal cliff.
    -- Chris Christie

    #America #United States #Would Be

  • Now, in New Jersey, we have more government workers per square mile than any state in America. But since I've been governor we now have fewer people on the state payroll at any time since Christie Whitman left office in January 2001. That's the right direction, Mr. President, not the wrong direction.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Squares #Government #America

  • I am pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That's my position, take it or leave it.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Mother #Believe #Pro Life

  • I don't compromise my principles for politics.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Principles #Compromise

  • Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution, and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Sex #Gay #Views

  • Get the hell off the Beach in Asbury Park and get out. You're done. It's 4:30 PM. You've maximized your tan. Get off the beach. Get in you cars and get out of those areas.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Beach #Pms #Car

  • You know, at some point there has to be parity. There has to be parity between what is happening in the real world, and what is happening in the public sector world.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Real #World #Real World

  • You just have to stand and grit your teeth and know your poll numbers are going to go down - and mine have - but you gotta grit through it because the alternative is unacceptable.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Numbers #Teeth #Alternatives

  • This country pays a price whenever our economy fails to deliver rising living standards to our citizens - which is exactly what has been the case for years now. We pay a price when our political system cannot come together and agree on the difficult but necessary steps to rein in entitlement spending or reform our tax system.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Country #Years #Political

  • Someone has to stay on the line and say, no, we can do this by cutting spending and reducing the size of government. That's what I was committed to doing.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Cutting #Government #Lines

  • Our state is in crisis. Our people are hurting. Now is the time when we all must resist the traditional, selfish call to protect your own turf at the cost of our state. It is time to leave the corner, join the sacrifice, come to the center of the room and be part of the solution.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Hurt #Selfish #Sacrifice

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