BY JUSTIN MATTINGLY – New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie said he was sad when he learned that Senate Republicans wouldn’t meet with him when the president made his trip to the state this week.
“I’m sad because I believe we’re in a bad situation,” Christie told reporters on Friday.
“We’ve got to have a good conversation.
I want to talk to him about the issues, about the challenges he faces, about his job performance.
But I’m disappointed in that because we’re not having a good meeting.”
The president has been in Trenton since Wednesday, and the two-day trip was billed as a chance to “reset” ties between the two countries.
But in recent days, the two men have exchanged insults and clashed with one another over how best to move forward after the deadly attack in Orlando.
During a press conference with his daughter, Malia, on Friday, the president said the GOP has been slow to engage on the issue of gun control, and that he wants to meet in person with them to try to figure out how to move things forward.
“We need to get a meeting with all of you.
We need to meet face to face,” he said.
“If we can’t get that meeting, then we have to figure something out.
We’re not going to have the conversation, and then you guys are going to be angry.
I hope we can make it happen.”
On Friday, Christie took the opportunity to push back on the president’s claim that the GOP is too divided.
“If you look at the history of these two parties, I believe, we’re going to come together, and I believe that we can work together to try and resolve some of the problems,” he told reporters.
“I believe we can, and it’s something we’ve talked about with both parties for a long time.
Christie has been particularly critical of the GOP in recent weeks for failing to agree on a set of proposals to curb gun violence, a theme he reiterated on Friday in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.”
What the president is saying is that it’s been a long journey and it has been a tough journey, and he’s been wrong about it.”
Christie has been particularly critical of the GOP in recent weeks for failing to agree on a set of proposals to curb gun violence, a theme he reiterated on Friday in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.
The New Jersey governor, who has been critical of Republicans on gun issues in the past, has criticized the GOP for failing “to come to grips with the fact that they’ve failed on this issue.”
During his first state visit to New Jersey, Christie said that he would meet with Democratic lawmakers from both parties and push for the creation of a task force to study how to curb mass shootings.
The task force was created in response to the Orlando massacre and has not met since it was established in May.