(WASHINGTON) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to Washington Wednesday with a blunt message: “We are teetering on the edge of disaster.”
“I look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now and I’m worried,” Christie said about what he called out-of-control spending and an unwillingness to take on entitlements. “Our country and our states are weighed down by an albatross of irresponsibility.”
Christie did not hold back in his dire warnings about where the country is heading (potentially down the “path to ruin”) and was not shy about touting his own legislative actions in New Jersey, even as he acknowledged that he has his critics howling.
“I did not run for this job for failure, I ran for this job for success,” he said in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
The visit to Washington and the tough talk on budget cuts and spending has created considerable noise around a possible Christie run for president in 2012.
But Wednesday the governor ruled it out, saying the timing is not right.
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