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Christie Campaigns for the Shutdown-Default Caucus

Christie Campaigns for the Shutdown-Default Caucus

Washington, DC – The day after Speaker John Boehner surrendered to the Tea Party, pushing the country closer to a government shutdown, Governor Chris Christie will campaign for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, who has embraced the GOP’s plans to shut down the government and default on our obligations. While Republicans risk driving our economy off a cliff, Christie is using his political capital to help Washington Republicans add another Senator to their Shutdown-Default Caucus, encouraging the dangerous brinkmanship that threatens the economic wellbeing of New Jersey’s families.

“Chris Christie’s a leader of the GOP, and he’s helping his party’s efforts that would drive our economy off a cliff,” said DNC Press Secretary Michael Czin. “Steve Lonegan has voiced his support for a government shutdown and has downplayed the consequences of default – calling it a ‘manufactured crisis.’

“Earlier this year, Christie said that ‘Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress.’ As it turns out, Chris Christie is part of the problem and just like his Republican colleagues in Washington isn’t offering any real solutions. In fact, he’s encouraging Washington Republicans to threaten a default in order to ‘use every bit of leverage’ they have to push their extreme agenda. The Senate doesn’t need another fringe voice to join the Shutdown-Default Caucus, and New Jerseyans deserve better than a governor who toes the Tea Party line.”

Below please find a brief overview of the extreme ideas that Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan share on defaulting on our obligations and shutting down the government:

LONEGAN SUGGESTED A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD BE A GOOD THING

Lonegan: “I Have No Problem With A Government Shutdown…It’s A Good Way To See What Services Are Essential And What Are Not.” “‘I have no problem with a government shutdown,’ Steve Lonegan said, offering one example of the take-no-prisoners approach he promises to bring to the federal government. ‘It’s a good way to see what services are essential and what are not.’” [North Jersey,7/7/13]

CHRISTIE SHRUGS OFF THE PROSPECT OF REPUBLICANS SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT

Christie “Shrugged Off A Question” About Paul’s Desire To Shutdown The Government To Defund Obamacare, Saying “It’s Not For Me To Judge.” “Christie also shrugged off a question about Paul's desire to shutdown the government to defund Obamacare. Christie has blasted Obama and the Affordable Care Act, but would take no position on Paul's approach. ‘It's not for me to judge,’ Christie said.” [Star-Ledger,7/30/13]

LONEGAN IGNORES ECONOMISTS’ WARNINGS AND CALLS DEFAULT A ‘MANUFACTURED CRISIS’

2011: Lonegan On A Default: “The Sun Will Come Up The Next Day, The World Will Survive… This Is A Manufactured Crisis.” “Some New Jerseyans disagree with economists and most lawmakers who say the economy would be devastated by a default. ‘The sun will come up the next day, the world will survive,’ said Steve Lonegan, state director for Americans for Prosperity, a free-market advocacy group. ‘This is a manufactured crisis.’” [Daily Record, 7/28/11]

CHRISTIE ECHOES MITCH MCCONNELL IN CALLING DEFAULT THREAT ‘LEVERAGE’

Christie Suggested That Republicans In Washington Wouldn't Be Wrong To Bring The Nation Toward A Possible Default On Its Debt Or Even A Partial-Government Shutdown Saying “You Have To Use Every Bit Of Leverage You Have To Be Able To Negotiate.” “Christie also suggested that Republicans in Washington wouldn't be wrong to bring the nation toward a possible default on its debt or even a partial-government shutdown. ‘You have to use every bit of leverage you have to be able to negotiate, but ultimately what people want you to do is get things done,’ he said on Good Morning America.” [Star-Ledger, 1/9/13]

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