>Gov. Christie: Nation turning into ‘people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check’
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7:36 PM Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 9:38 PM
NEW YORK — Gov. Chris Christie today warned an audience of national Republicans that the country is in danger of becoming a “paternalistic entitlement society” where people sit on the couch, “waiting for the next government check.”
Christie spoke at a day-long conference on tax policy in New York hosted by former President George W. Bush, who nominated Christie to be U.S. Attorney in 2001.
Christie spent most of his 30-minute speech on New Jersey budget issues, but brought up national policy toward the end. He said it is the least optimistic period he’s ever seen for the nation.