Governor Chris Christie sounded like a candidate for President of the United States during an address to a private luncheon of the Republican National Committee this afternoon in Boston, according to a report at Politico.
The meeting was closed to reporters at Christie’s insistence, Politico said, but the site obtained a recording from someone in attendance.
Christie’s theme: Republicans need to stop debating, focus on winning and he knows how to win.
“We are not a debating society,” Christie said. “We are a political operation that needs to win.”
“I’m in this business to win,” he said. “I don’t know why you’re in it…I think that we have some folks that believe that our job is to be college professors. Now college professors are fine, I guess. You know, college professors basically spout out ideas that nobody ever does anything about. For our ideas to matter, we have to win because, if we don’t win, we don’t govern. And if we don’t govern, all we do is shout into the wind. So I am going to do anything I need to do to win!”
Without mentioning the other presidential contenders by name, Christie took swipes at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and U. S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
“I’m not going to be one of these people who’s going to come and call our party stupid,” Christie said. “There’s nothing wrong with our party and its principles and its core. We’ve got to get back to deciding that the RNC is about electing Republicans.”
Jindal told the RNC’s winter meeting that Republicans should stop being “the stupid party.”
“There [is] nothing wrong with our principles,” Christie went on. “The problem is we’ve got to focus on winning again. This is not an academic exercise, everybody. There’s too much at stake for this to be an academic exercise.”
In his appearance at the Aspen Institute last month, Christie characterized the libertarian “debate happening in both parties” as academic, esoteric and intellectual, which resulted in a public feud with Paul.
There is no Romneyesque “47%” type gaffe reported on the secret recording, but Barbara Buono, Chrisite’s opponent for reelection as governor, might try to make hay of this line:
“We have an opportunity as a political party to drive a wedge in the union movement, and the laboratory where that’s happening right now is in my state.”
Christie was celebrating that he has been endorsed by 24 private sector building trade unions for reelection and has successfully fought off the NJEA an the 10’s of millions of dollars that they have spent on ads against him.
In making the case that Republicans can appeal to all demographics, Christie touted his endorsements by the Latino Leadership Council, the Executive Director of the Black Ministers Council and the fact that polls indicate that women favor his reelection in New Jersey 59%-30%.