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article imageChristie wades in, criticizes Obama for class warfare agenda

By Michael Krebs     Sep 28, 2011 in Politics
Speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie chastised President Obama for resorting to class warfare politics in his bid to get re-elected.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used an address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California on Tuesday to weigh in on what Christie sees as President Obama's divisive class warfare politics.
"Now in 2004, Illinois state Senator Barack Obama gave us a window into his vision for American leadership," Christie began. "At the Democratic National Convention's keynote address, he said this: 'Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us. The spin masters; the negative ad peddlers, who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight there is not a Liberal America and a Conservative America. There is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and a Latino America and an Asian America. There is the United States of America.' Well, now, seven years later, President Obama prepares to divide our nation to achieve re-election."
The governor was referencing President Obama's $447 billion jobs package and the subsequent deficit reduction plan floated by the White House. The two-part Obama plan depends on significant tax increases on upper-income Americans, a population that is already contributing income taxes at rates that are three to four times higher than those of lower-income Americans, according to the IRS.
Christie's presentation on the White House's re-election strategy will likely increase speculation of the governor's intention to declare his presidential candidacy in the wake of Governor Perry's poor performance in the GOP debates.
There has been a significant push by many in the Republican Party to convince Governor Christie to enter the 2012 presidential contest. And while Christie has rejected these overtures publicly, the matter remains a buzz-worthy one, as USA Today reported on Wednesday.
"This is not a leadership style," Christie continued. "This is a re-election strategy. Telling those that are scared and struggling that the only way their lives can get better is to diminish the success of others. Trying to cynically convince those that are suffering that the American economic pie is no longer a growing one that can provide more prosperity for those who work hard, insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American dream. That may turn out to be good re-election strategy, Mr. President, but it is a demoralizing message for America."
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