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Christie's Take On Government Shutdown

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Governor Chris Christie has been attending a series of events the past couple of weeks, calling each a bipartisan project. At Rowan University, Christie said that these projects should be an example for other politicians in D.C., especially in regards to the government shutdown.

The Governor has been tweeting about the situation in D.C., using the hashtag, #DearDC to reach the D.C. politicians. Governor Christie tweeted “Get everybody in the room and you fix it. You don’t let them leave until you do.” Christie said that if he was the president, he would force the politicians to make a decision.

Founder of SaveJersey.com, Matt Rooney does not disagree with the governor. “He’s a savvy politician. He knows that the vast majority of Americans are too busy paying their bills. They’re not always paying attention to the substance of this debate. The problem is, I think, when a leader who’s respected like Governor Christie gloss over it and pretend that this is just a matter of school kids having a brawl in the school yard they’re missing out on that substance.” He said.

Rooney feels the Governor seems to be downplaying the situation, when there’s a real issue that needs to be fixed. “The heart of that is raising the debt limit when we’re already drowning in debt, and what we’re gonna do about Obamacare, a bill that’s crushing small businesses, driving doctors out of their profession, and sending premiums through the roof.” He said.

Even though Republicans disagree with Obamacare, it still was a bill that was passed and signed into law, and many question if a federal government shutdown is the appropriate course of action to take. Rooney does not think we should be angry at the Republican Party because that’s not an accurate depiction of what’s happening. “It’s a partial shutdown where we laid off about, excuse me we furloughed about 800,000 workers, but there are still about 1.3 million federal workers still working. Garbage is being collected, the military is being paid.” He said.

The question still remains if a government shutdown is appropriate. “Absolutely, because if you and your family, okay, we’re in a situation where you were vastly outspending what you were bringing in, why would it be logical to just assume you’re gonna go out and find a new credit line?” Rooney said.

The problem isn’t just Obamacare, but about raising the debt ceiling. According to a Quinnipiac poll, the public does support raising the debt ceiling if the alternative is shutting down and killing Obamacare.

Rooney doesn’t believe we should do as politicians do too often and live our life by polls. “You take what you know, and you look at the situation, and you give them an honest assessment, exactly what Chris Christie did, that got him elected to beat Jon Corzine in the blue state 2009. That’s what I want my 2016 Presidential nominee to do, to make that argument, to give us a third option for what we’re doing right now.” he said.

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