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Chris Christie On Obama's Super Committee Involvement: 'What The Hell Are We Paying You For?'

The Huffington Post   Posted: 11/29/11 10:02 AM ET

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) slammed President Barack Obama at a press conference in Camden, N.J. Monday for the super committee's failure.

"I was angry this weekend listening to the spin coming out of the administration about the failure of the super committee," said Christie. "The president knew that it was doomed for failure so he didn't get involved. Well, then what the hell are we paying you for? It's doomed for failure so I'm not getting involved? Well, what have you been doing exactly?" he said.

(Video above via Christie's YouTube account.)

The president, however, released a plan (pdf) to Congress entitled "Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future," outlining $3 trillion in net savings over the next decade. Obama blamed Republicans' refusal to raise taxes for the failure of the super committee.

The Obama administration has also dismissed the idea that the president would change the construction of the automatic spending cut triggers, scheduled to take effect in 2013, to lessen the impact on defense spending. The automatic cuts contain $600 billion in defense cuts and $600 billion in Medicare and domestic spending cuts.

The 12-member super committee, formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, was set to come up with $1.2 trillion in savings, but failed to meet its Nov. 23 deadline.

Christie announced in early October that he would not run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. He endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

Christie said both the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party movement "look at Washington D.C. and they look at a president who is a bystander in the Oval Office." He added that both movements come from the same frustration about government. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have expressed that the movements arose from similar frustrations.


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