(Trenton) -- New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie added his voice to those criticizing Governor Christie for using the State of the State speech to attack the President of the United States' State of the Union address, before it had even been delivered.
“Yesterday, I was struck by how the governor avoided his record and simply made stuff up. But after hearing the President's visionary speech last night, it was clear just how inappropriate Chris Christie's comments from earlier in the day had been. When he abuses his position and responsibilities for political purposes, he disrespects New Jersey families. We deserve a government that is responsive to our needs. Instead, we heard the delusional and divisive rants of a bully," said Chairman Currie. "In our next president, Americans deserve more of the same -- a leader who is compassionate, optimistic, and prudent, not petty, negative, and reckless.”
Prior to the State of the Union, the White House effectively smacked down Christie’s critiques, exposing them as politically-motivated, and lacking in specific alternatives. And, in a powerful moment during the President's annual address, he called out Republican presidential aspirants for their irresponsible behavior, noting, “When politicians insult Muslims, whether abroad or our fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid is called names, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country.”