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Governor Christie: You Are A Great Example Of Being Reasonable

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

New Jersey Comeback Town Hall in Piscataway on June 6, 2012 (Transcript Below)

Governor Christie: Governor Christie: Our problems now are too big and too serious for us to say as Republicans we won't work with Democrats and as Democrats we won't work with Republicans. The people of this state have a great sense of humor. They elected a Republican Governor and kept a Democratic Legislature. So what are my choices when I win? I could be like the people in Washington DC who just send out press releases, yell and scream at each other, hold their breath, and do nothing. And what we see in Washington from both parties is that they're doing nothing. And as our problems continue to mount, we have a president, we have members of Congress of both parties who all they do is yell and scream at each other, call each other names. Now what's the difference in New Jersey? We yell at each other sometimes. We also call each other names sometimes. I'm good at that, and also so are my opponents pretty good at calling me all kinds of names. You may remember last summer the Senate President called me some names on the front page of the Sunday Star-Ledger that I never thought I'd ever see in print in my life. I mean, he calls me those things privately but I just never thought that actually get out in print. But here's the difference. We sit down and talk, because we know, and this is the great thing about Steve Sweeney, and like you said you don't agree with everything that I do. I don't agree with everything Steve stands for either and he doesn't with me. But what we know is that we got elected to do a job for the people of this state, and our job is to find common ground and to get things done to try to make this state better, and whether he's a Democrat and I'm a Republican can't matter more than the fact that we're New Jerseyans, and we have to get this job done. Folks in this state elected me to do that. They didn't elect me because they thought I was going to be charming. They elected me because they thought this state was in pretty bad shape and they wanted somebody who they thought was going to be tough enough to do those things but while you can be tough and I have been, you also have to be reasonable and you have to listen. And you're a great example of being reasonable. You're here.

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