Chris Christie Says Government Shutdown Would Be ‘Irresponsible’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told CBS News in an interview airing in full this weekend that pushing for a government shutdown is “irresponsible.”

“I think there’s got to be a solution other than that,” Christie said on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” adding that he doesn’t think “responsible” Republican leaders are advocating for a shutdown. 

The New Jersey governor didn’t call out any of the Republicans, most notably Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who are trying to link a continuing resolution to fund the government to defunding Obamacare. Christie, despite calling himself “no fan of Obamacare,” enacted legislation expanding Medicaid for his state under the health care law.

“I think it’s always irresponsible if you’re running the government to be advocating for shutting it down,” Christie said. “That, by definition, is a failure. You’ve gotta work it out.”

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