WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie told the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, “You’re gonna have to raise the retirement age for Social Security.”
The bombastic Garden State governor chided both Republicans and Democrats for an irresponsible and dangerous political strategy of failing to face the country’s toughest and most important problems.
“You have me elected in New Jersey in 2009, as a conservative Republican in one of the bluest states in America, and across the river, you have the son of a liberal icon who is saying the exact same things that I’m saying,” said Christie, referring to New York’s new governor Andrew Cuomo.
Christie dismissed questions about his presidential aspirations in 2012 saying, “I don’t believe (I am ready) right now.”
The outspoken rising star in the GOP has been called combative and flamboyant but despite his denials, Christie has emerged as a favorite prospective Obama challenger among Tea Party and Republican enclaves.
In addition to battling teachers and other public employees, Christie rejected billions of dollars in federal funds for job creation and social programs. A clerical error by his administration cost the state a $400 million federal education grant.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is an extremely influential, pro-business, conservative think tank.
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