Christie says Americans want elected officials who will be leaders, not followers

MOUNT LAUREL – Gov. Chris Christie said today the American people are looking for elected officials willing to lead.

The governor made that observation at a press conference today after he was asked about the current field of Republican presidential candidates, and the characteristics people are looking for.

He gave his own example of the pension and benefit reform package he unveiled earlier this year, which he knew would “anger a lot of people.” Still, he said, he presented his views on that issue, among others, at 30 town hall meetings.

He gave Senate President Steve Sweeney credit for going forward with the benefits package legislation, despite the political ramifications. Sweeney failed to get the endorsements of a couple of powerful unions nearly two weeks ago as a result.

“I think he’ll have the last laugh in the long haul,” Christie said.

“It’s the (public saying), you can’t lead from behind.”

About President Barack Obama, Christie suggested that he “get out there and tell what you believe and be willing to fight for it.”

“They will give you points for willing to speak your mind,” he said.

 

Christie says Americans want elected officials who will be leaders, not followers