Christie bash­es ‘jok­ers’ in Con­gress for cel­e­brat­ing avoid­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down

For­mer Repub­li­can New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie bashed the “jok­ers” in Con­gress for cel­e­brat­ing nar­row­ly avoid­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down, argu­ing it is their job to keep the gov­ern­ment fund­ed.
The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, speak­ing at a town hall in New Hamp­shire on Mon­day along­side Gov. Chris Sununu (R‑NH), also took aim at Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, say­ing that Con­gress has not had “a pres­i­dent who has worked with them.”
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“You look at Wash­ing­ton. These jok­ers take a vic­to­ry lap for not clos­ing the gov­ern­ment and think like they deserve a big round of applause for that,” Christie said. “Con­grat­u­la­tions, you didn’t close the gov­ern­ment you’re sup­posed to be down there run­ning.”
“But I don’t think that deserves any great round of applause,” Christie added. “But they do, because they haven’t had a pres­i­dent who has worked with them and made them under­stand that our job is to work for you — not the oth­er way around. Our job is to make the tough deci­sions.”
The 118th Con­gress passed two stop­gaps to avert a gov­ern­ment shut­down, on Sept. 30 and last week. Fund­ing for the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is set to go t …