Christie: My job is tougher than Obama’s

By Andrew Jones
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 13:17 EDT
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Screenshot via MSNBC.
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Despite inheriting a recession, two wars and a myriad of other problems, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) doesn’t think President Barack Obama’s job is harder than his.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Christie continued his support for Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential race. But he decided to spend more time criticizing Obama, especially over his Teddy Roosevelt speech a few weeks ago.

“I’ve had to face much tougher things in New Jersey from a political perspective than he has,” he said. “I have a state that’s overwhelming Democratic, I have a legislator that’s overwhelming Democratic. Yet we accomplished the things I mentioned before, plus balancing two budgets without raising taxes.”

Despite Christie’s self-appraising, the unemployment rate in New Jersey under him is at 9.4%, higher than the national average and 15th highest overall nationwide.

Critics allege that a key factor in aggravating the state’s jobless rate is Christie’s refusal to take up several jobs measures proposed by New Jersey Democrats. He’s instead choosen to reduce revenues through tax cuts, roll back public health and safety regulations and fire public workers.

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Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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