Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has made no secret of his disdain for Congress and those who currently serve in the institution that most Americans say is dysfunctional.
After last week’s shocking development in the race for Speaker of the House in which the overwhelming favorite to succeed John Boehner, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), unexpectedly dropped his bid, it appeared to many that Congress had devolved into chaos and turmoil over the GOP’s inability to unite around a candidate.
“I want to turn off the news with all this stuff that’s going on in Washington right now with who’s going to be the Speaker of the House,” Christie said at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Monday. “Who cares. I mean, who cares.”
The New Jersey governor mocked the political press’ focus on the race to succeed Boehner, lamenting that nothing gets done in Congress whether a Republican or a Democrat serves as Speaker.
“I’m bored. I think you are too,” Christie told voters. “And especially as our country continues to deteriorate, I’d like the leaders in Washington to start telling me about what they believe and what their goals are, and then start to work toward achieving them together, rather than continuing to bicker with each other over stuff that nobody in the main in America cares about, except for the people between Washington, D.C., and New York who ride that Acela train all the time.”
New Jersey is, of course, between the nation’s capital and the Big Apple on the Acela northeast corridor, but Christie’s message has the potential to resonate with the overwhelming majority of Republican voters who have expressed their support for political outsiders like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, and those outside the D.C. beltway.
Watch the video above, via NBC.
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