Christie Defends Koch Brothers in CPAC Speech

The pugnacious New Jersey governor slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for attacking the “two entrepreneurs.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during at CPAC, March 6, 2014 at National Harbor, Maryland.
National Journal
Adam Wollner
March 6, 2014, 8:10 a.m.

New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie rose to the de­fense of the Demo­crats’ fa­vor­ite boo­gey­men, Charles and Dav­id Koch, on Thursday — even though he didn’t men­tion them by name.

Near the top of his speech at the Con­ser­vat­ive Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Con­fer­ence , Christie cri­ti­cized Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id for “rail[ing] against two Amer­ic­an en­tre­pren­eurs who have built a busi­ness, cre­ated jobs, and cre­ated wealth and phil­an­thropy in this coun­try,” re­fer­ring to the Koch broth­ers.

“Harry Re­id should get back to work and stop pick­ing on great Amer­ic­ans who are cre­at­ing great things in our coun­try,” Christie said.

The Koch broth­ers have helped fund Amer­ic­ans for Prosper­ity, which has spent more than $30 mil­lion on ads at­tack­ing Demo­crats in the 2014 elec­tion cycle, and have been a fre­quent tar­get of Re­id re­cently. Earli­er this week, Re­id said on the Sen­ate floor, “Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans are ad­dicted to Koch.”

Demo­crats have vil­i­fied for the Koch broth­ers for years, but Re­pub­lic­an of­fice­hold­ers rarely men­tion them pub­licly, des­pite be­ne­fit­ing from their polit­ic­al spend­ing. This elec­tion in par­tic­u­lar, Demo­crats are hop­ing to turn the Koch broth­ers in­to a li­ab­il­ity for the GOP. Just today, the Demo­crat­ic Sen­at­ori­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee launched a new on­line ef­fort seek­ing to tie Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates to the wealthy in­dus­tri­al­ists.

Aside from their vast net­work of ad­vocacy groups, the Koch broth­ers have also been gen­er­ous donors to the Re­pub­lic­an Gov­ernors As­so­ci­ation, which Christie chairs. Dav­id Koch con­trib­uted $1 mil­lion to the RGA in 2013 and $2 mil­lion dur­ing the 2012 elec­tion cycle. 

{{ BIZOBJ (video: 4790) }}

What We're Following See More »
11 HOUSE MEMBERS NOW BEHIND HIM
Two Committee Chairs Endorse Trump
11 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

Two powerful House members—Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-FL)—are throwing their support behind Donald Trump.

Source:
BUT WOULD HE THROW THE CHAIR?
Bobby Knight: Trump Would Drop the Bomb Just Like Truman
11 hours ago
THE LATEST
LAST PLACE
Trump Still Struggling for Endorsements
14 hours ago
WHY WE CARE
MORE INDEPENDENTS, FEWER SUPERDELEGATES
Sanders Could Force Changes to Nominating Process
16 hours ago
THE LATEST

There are not "ongoing, direct conversations between" the Bernie Sanders camp and the Hillary Clinton camp regarding "the platform or rules changes," but Sanders "is already making his opening arguments" about those issues on the stump. Sanders is putting "complaints about closed primaries" atop his stump speeches lately, and figures to start a "conversation about the role of superdelegates in the nominating process." He said, “Our goal, whether we win or we do not win, is to transform the Democratic Party."

Source:
‘LUCIFER IN THE FLESH’
Boehner Says He Wouldn’t Vote for Cruz
18 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

Well, this is unsubtle. Former Speaker John Boehner called Ted Cruz "lucifer in the flesh," adding that he "never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." Boehner has endorsed John Kasich, but he said he'd vote for Donald Trump over Cruz. He also praised Bernie Sanders, calling him the most honest politician in the race, and predicted that Joe Biden may yet have a role to play in the Democratic contest, especially if Hillary Clinton runs into legal trouble over her emails.

Source:
×