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February 17, 2011 / J. Shaw

MD Gov.O'Malley Blind to Entitlement Problem, Chides Christie Efforts

 

This article has our country’s dire financial situation perfectly laid out. Governor Christy believes the US needs to adjust entitlements to save billions of dollars. Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley has no idea on how to help the financial situation and say Christie is hurting New Jersey’s competitiveness by adjusting entitlements. O’Malley must be totally blind and or ignorant to not see the tie between entitlements and overspending, debt.SHAW

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, said again today he won’t run for president next year.

But he shared some ideas on how to clean up the financial mess in state capitals and in Washington, which will no doubt gin up the buzz again that Christie should join what will be a crowded GOP presidential field.

“Leadership is about doing big things and being courageous,” Christie said a few minutes ago in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. “Leadership is not about waiting.”

The first question after his remarks, which centered on tackling “big” issues such as entitlement programs, was about whether he’d run if he didn’t believe Republicans in the race were addressing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

“You have to feel it in your heart and mind that you’re ready” for the White House, Christie said, adding that he believes there will be Republicans who run for president next year because the fight for the GOP nomination appears to be wide open.

“I’m not stupid,” Christie said. “I see the opportunity. …That’s not the reason to run.”

On fiscal issues, Christie said Congress and the White House need to “fund what we really need” and not worry about “investments” such as funding to make more electric cars.

He argues that hard choices need to be made first about long-term funding for the costly entitlement programs that are politically difficult to touch. Christie said it’s time for politicians in Washington to “put up or shut up” on entitlements.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, chided Christie’s budget efforts in New Jersey and accused him of being “reckless” with cuts to education and the state’s pension plan.

“The ‘big things’ that he has actually done … have reduced the economic competitiveness of New Jersey in the long term,” O’Malley said in a statement.

Christie finished tied for third in a recent straw poll of GOP activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and he wasn’t at the Washington event. Columnist Ann Coulter has been among those urging Christie to run for president.

.usatoday.com/  Article By Catalina Camia,

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