Governor Chris Christie doesn’t know if Sarah Palin understood what she was getting into when she used the term “blood libel” in her Facebook post yesterday, but the New Jersey Republican said she should have simplified her message and left it alone.
“I don’t think anybody really believes that Governor Palin was trying to make someone get hurt or bring violence on. And I think she just should have said that and left it at that,” he told me this morning.
A popular Republican governor in a blue state, Christie is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party. But despite encouragement from the right to run for president, the governor has repeatedly denied a 2012 bid.
So what does he think the GOP needs in a presidential candidate? Someone who will “walk the walk and not just talk the talk” in order to reduce spending, the size of government and our tax structure, he said.
“That person has to prove they’re willing to do the difficult things, not just talk about them. Because they’ve heard plenty of talk, especially from our party,” Christie told me.
The governor did not mince words when explaining what he thinks the next two years mean to the Republican Party: Everything.
“This is the Republican Party’s last chance. It’s put up or shut up time for us now that we run the House,” he said. “We better do what we said we were going to do or we’re going to get sent to the wilderness without a compass for a long time George, and we’re going to deserve it. Because we’ve talked about it, now let’s do it.”