Christie on Sunday circuit

Gov. Chris Christie paid CBS’s Bob Schieffer a visit, sharing his thoughts on collective bargaining, President  Obama, education reform, and the 2012 Republican presidential field.

Appearing on “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning, Christie said he supports “fair and reasonable collective bargaining.” He pointed out there are many states without collective bargaining, adding that it’s “a state-by-state issue.”

Regarding the 2012 Republican presidential base, he said it’s important for the voters to see candidates  who can be spontaneous and be themselves, and not be overly polished.

“You cannot be blow-dried, poll-tested,” he said. “You got to have some unscripted moments.”

About his verbal battle with the New Jersey Education Association, he told Schieffer he doesn’t believe he has demonized teachers, saying that the union has fallen short.

“They (teachers) deserve a union as good as they are, and they don’t have it,” he said. “They protect the worst of the worst.”

The governor said President Barack Obama “has shown real courage, especially for a Democrat” on issues such as education reform.

He doubts, though, he will cross party lines to vote for him, saying the spending is out of control and not consistent with what was “advertised.” Christie added that the federal health care legislation has “hamstrung states” and doubted that it is constitutional.

“I doubt I’ll vote for him,” he said.

He added that some Republicans’ criticisms of First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating program is “unnecessary,” and that he doesn’t have a problem with anyone encouraging people to eat better.

“I’ve struggled with my weight for 30 years,” he said.

Christie on Sunday circuit