A day later, O'Malley hits back against N.J.'s Christie
Another day, another shot fired in the war of words between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
On Friday, O'Malley, in his capacity as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, issued a statement slamming Christie for his performance on a Fox Business Network program Thursday night.
"Governor Christie has avoided the tough choices all governors face by making drastic cuts to schools, resorting to fiscal gimmicks like skipping pension payments, and putting New Jersey at a disadvantage for creating jobs and opportunity," O'Malley said. "In Maryland, and in other states led by Democratic governors, we have been making the tough fiscal decisions to make government smaller and smarter, so that we create jobs and improve our schools."
O'Malley's broadside followed an interview on "Cavuto" in which Christie -- besides touting his own progress in New Jersey -- referred to "that pabulum Governor O'Malley was spewing down in Maryland."
The "pabulum" to which Christie was referring: O'Malley's comments on a recent radio show in which he said Christie's brand of pension reform showed that the New Jersey Republican "delights in being abusive towards public employees."
"There are great differences between Governor Christie's approach and the approach of Democratic governors," O'Malley said in his statement Friday. "Americans deserve a civil and honest discussion on how to make our nation stronger, and we welcome that debate."
It was O'Malley's second unflattering review of a Republican governor this week. On Tuesday, he delivered a keynote speech at a forum hosted by Governing magazine at the National Press Club in Washington.
Responding to an audience question about the relationship between states and the federal government, O'Malley made a reference that aides confirmed was a thinly veiled attack on Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's book "Fed Up!"
"There's kind of a new, I don't know what you would call it, a new secessionist wave kind of happening: Get the federal government out of my Medicaid; we're 'fed up;' let's have the federal government leave us alone. Be careful what you ask for. Be careful what you ask for," O'Malley told the crowd. "There's a reason why we have this republic, and that reason is still there for us to join forces in order to accomplish big, important things that we can't do alone as states. Health care is one of those things."
Perry's book, "Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington," came out last year. It argues that small government is under attack.
Photo credits: Christie photo, Associated Press; O'Malley photo, The Washington Post
John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis
| February 4, 2011; 2:34 PM ET
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