Moderate Establishment GOP Governor and 2016 Presidential Aspirant Chris Christie was asked his opinion on reducing the size of Government (something he has notably not done as Governor of New Jersey). His reply:
“What I think is we need less government being intrusive in our lives in every way that it is.”
“Now, there are absolute fundamental roles for government, which is protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. And so I believe in a strong and vigorous national defense. I believe that government has an appropriate role in regulating different activities that go on in the country. “
So, Government shouldn’t be intrusive, but it has a “fundamental role” in protecting “health, safety, and welfare.” Well, that would seem to justify everything from NSA spying to Obamacare to Michael Bloomberg’s soda, salt, and gun bans.
“But I think what’s happened is that there’s a divide between the two parties where, who can do most of that best? It’s not that Republicans don’t believe government has a role.”
So, what he is saying is the Big Government is okay, but Republicans should be running it.
The essence of an Establishment GOP politician.