New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday slammed President Barack Obama’s outreach to congressional Republicans as “a little bit late in the dating game.”
“The charm offensive should have started in January of 2009,” Christie (R-N.J.) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of Obama’s overtures to some in the GOP.
“And the fact that all of a sudden we’re in June of 2013 and we’re just talking about a charm offensive, and trying getting to know Congress? [It’s] your fifth year of the presidency. It’s a little bit late in the dating game to start to get to know somebody.”
Christie, who has taken heat from some in his own party for making appearances with Obama in the wake of Superstorm Sandy – which devastated the Garden State right before the election – offered tough talk for both sides of the aisle in Congress, as well as for the president.
“The fact is, you need someone to take some leadership [in Washington],” Christie said. “And I’m disappointed that the president hasn’t done that either.”
The outspoken New Jersey leader is considered a possible contender for the 2016 GOP nomination, but Christie downplayed speculation, saying there’s a long time to make a decision.
“Let me keep doing my job,” he said. “When those decisions need to be made, I’ll make them.”
He said those decisions “probably [don’t need to be made] till 2015.”
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