New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke with David Gregory on Meet the Press this morning where he affirmed that he would not sign into law a Same-Sex Marriage bill like the one passed by Gov. Cuomo in New York this week.
In a short period of time Gov. Christie has amassed a standing on the national political scene equal to his lofty personal presence and view on executive political etiquette. The interview comes off his political victory this past Thursday night when the Democrat controlled State Assembly passed landmark cost cutting legislation to close the state's massive budget gap due to pension and health benefit obligations for public employees.
In a state where both houses of government are controlled by Democrats and a GOP Presidential candidate has not smelled victory since 1988, Gov. Christie will sign a bill Tuesday to cut off automatic cost of living increases for public employees, end the union's ability to bargain collectively for the their medical benefits, and increase public employees' contributions to health care and pension plans. The bill is projected to save the state over $120 billion over the next 30 years, and save a middle class Gov. Chritie believes to be "suffocated" by taxes.
How did he do it? Town halls across the state to sell his plan and taking initiative to get leaders from across the aisle to sit with him in one room, in order to "put some skin in the game." The product was a plan that required both sides to make some compromises yet maintain their political principles, saving the people of New Jersey big bucks. Gov. Christie said the same mindset could be used by President Obama to solve the debt limit stand off.
When asked about the President's handling of Afghanistan, Gov. Christie could not comment for he is not inundated with the amount of briefings on the matter as Mr. Obama, but did say he is "not a nation building guy." Gov. Christie avoided directly answering whether or not he would sign a national abortion pledge, but stated he considers him self Pro Life with exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or health of the mother.
Gov. Christie has repeatedly said he will not run for President in 2012, and in Sunday's interview also stated that he "is not a VP kind of guy."