New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Monday that speculation about the 2016 presidential race hurts President Barack Obama.
“In this sense, I feel badly for President Obama. He just won a year ago, and everybody’s like, ‘So, who’s next?'” Christie said at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. “There is work to be done in this country. And as we shove him out the door, we minimize his ability to be an effective executive. And we shouldn’t do that.”
Christie still placed a lot of blame on Obama for the partisan gridlick in Washington, D.C. and said it is Obama’s job to lead.
“The executive is the person who is held responsible,” Christie said. “He’s not developed the relationships that have been necessary on a personal level with both sides of the aisle — both sides of the aisle — to be able to bring people to the White House and be a consensus builder to drive force.”