New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was willing to reach out to offer President Barack Obama congratulations after he won reelection in November, but after hearing the president's second inaugural address this week, the governor says he has concerns about the next four years.
“Instead of trying to bring people together it was a manifesto for, ‘Hey, it’s my way or the highway,’” Christie said this week during an interview on NJ 101.5's monthly "Ask the Governor" program. “We’re going to see how he acts moving forward.”
Christie is not the only conservative who has accused Obama of being overly partisan with his address, which was widely regarded as an unapologetic defense of liberal policies. Earlier this week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) claimed that the president's rhetoric was proof that he was on a mission to "annihilate the Republican Party." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a similarly bleak take, declaring that Obama's words showed he was seeking to usher in an "era of liberalism" that would lead to continued divisions in Washington.
While Christie's take isn't new, his comments do mark the breaking of a relative cease-fire with Obama. The governor has faced intense criticism from the right after coordinating closely and even praising the president for his management of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.
Earlier this year, Christie also blasted House Republicans for stalling a storm relief package, and later lashed out at the National Rifle Association for a controversial ad that invoked Obama's daughters. Christie's reprimands drew a scathing response from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in what was seen as a potential preview of a 2016 GOP presidential primary matchup.