Christie: 'I'll Listen' If Romney Calls About VP
At Mahwah town hall, Governor said he doesn’t expect to get the call to be Romney's running mate; focused on 'Corzine Democrats Tour' he plans to go on this summer
Governor Chris Christie does not expect to be the Republican vice presidential nominee this November, but he would entertain talking to Mitt Romney about it, Christie said Wednesday at a Town Hall meeting held in Mahwah.
“I have absolutely no idea,” Christie said in response to a question from a Teaneck resident on whether or not voters will see Christie’s name as running mate on Romney’s ticket. “If Governor Romney calls and asks, I’ll listen. But, I don’t expect to get that call.”
He added that he saw Romney at a fundraiser Tuesday night, “and he didn’t ask me [to be his running mate] then.”
Most of Christie’s 88th town hall meeting focused not on his future in national politics, but on state issues.
“I have a job to do here,” he said.
Christie focused on his plan for the summer – fighting “Corzine Democrats” in the legislature who passed $31.7 billion budget this week without immediate tax cuts that Christie had proposed.
“This summer is going to be fight time,” he said.
“New Jersey is the most overtaxed state in America,” he told a crowd of over 600 people in the Ramapo Ridge Middle School gymnasium.
In an effort to get his tax cut plan passed, Christie told the crowd he is planning a “Corzine Democrats tour” this summer, where he will travel the state “demanding they explain why they are holding your tax cut hostage.”
“It is time for us to make sure you get your money back,” Christie told the crowd. “You know how to spend your money better than Trenton does.”
Christie fielded questions on unemployment, tax breaks, and the recent announcement that company Roche Pharmaceuticals would be moving out of state from its Nutley, NJ headquarters. “That has a big impact on residents of Bergen and Passaic counties,” a resident in the crowd said.
“We need to make New Jersey more business-friendly state,” for both employers and employees, Christie responded, by cutting taxes for both. “How can a company attract employees to move and work here with the taxes so high?” he asked. The Governor also said his administration has been “aggressively” pursuing incentives to get businesses and jobs to stay in the Garden State.
The “only way” to combat unemployment is to foster private sector business growth in the state, he said.
Christie summed up his main points in response to another resident question on tax breaks. “I think we should lower taxes for everybody.”