Christie: Showing 'Folks in Washington...How It's Done'
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, re-elected Tuesday with at least 60 percent of the vote, said he's a model for getting things done that Washington politicians should emulate:
"The biggest thing I've learned over the last four years about leadership is that leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening, about bringing people around the table, listening to each other, showing them respect, doing what needed to be done to be able to bring people together and to achieve what we needed to achieve to move our state forward.
"Now, listen, I know that if we can do this in Trenton, New Jersey, maybe the folks in Washington, D.C. should tune in their TVs right now, see how it's done."
Later in his acceptance speech he portrayed New Jersey as a beacon for a "dispirited America."
"I know that tonight a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington -- looks to New Jersey to say, is what I think happening really happening? Are people really coming together? Are we really working, African-Americans and Hispanics, suburbanites and city dwellers, farmers and teachers? Are we really all working together? Let me give the answer to everyone who is watching tonight. Under this government, our first job is to get the job done. And as long as I'm governor, that job will always, always be finished."
Christie is widely expected to run for president in 2016.
Yet he promised New Jerseyans that for the next four years, he will fight to make his first-term accomplishments permanent. He listed those accomplishments as cutting taxes, reducing government spending, reforming pensions, benefits, and a broken education system and creating opportunity for New Jerseyans.
"And for the next four years, for the next four years, we will fight to make those changes permanent, and we will fight to make them bigger. I did not seek a second term to do small things. I sought a second term to finish the job. Now, watch me do it."
Christie said Hurricane Sandy turned his job as governor into a sacred "mission."
"You see, a mission is different than a job. A mission is something that's sacred. It's a sacred trust that was thrust upon me and you on October 29th of last year.
And that mission, that mission is to make sure that everyone, everyone in New Jersey who's affected by Sandy is returned to normalcy in their life. And I want to promise you tonight, I will not let anyone, anything, any political party, any governmental entity, or any force get in between me and the completion of my mission."
Christie called his re-election a "big, big win."
"What people have told me over the last four years is more than anything else, they want the truth. They want the truth. You know, we don't always agree with each other, New Jersey. Some folks don't agree with some of the things do I, and certainly they don't agree with some of the things I say sometimes. (laughter)
"But they know -- they know they never have to wonder. They never have to wonder. When they walked into the voting booth today, they didn't say hey, I wonder who this guy is and what he stands for, what he's willing to fight for, what he's willing to do when the chips are down."