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Posted at 3:11 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

New Jersey's Christie strikes back at O'Malley

By John Wagner

UPDATE, Friday at 12:30 p.m.: The Democratic Governors Association, which O'Malley chairs, has weighed in on the spat.

"America doesn't need temper tantrums, we need sensible budget-cutting that protects and creates jobs, and helps improve our schools," said Elisabeth Smith, the DGA's communications director. "It is unfortunate that New Jersey's governor cannot have a civil -- or honest -- discussion about what's best for America and how we make our country stronger."

Original post: During a recent radio interview in which he described his efforts to reform state employee pensions, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took a swing at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) -- another pol whose name is already showing up on lists of potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Thumbnail image for Christie.jpgContrasting his initiatives with the more aggressive measures proposed by Christie, O'Malley said on WTOP radio that the New Jersey Republican "delights in being abusive towards public employees."

Christie is now striking back.

During a taped appearance on the FOX Business Network's "Cavuto," Christie says O'Malley "doesn't know what he's talking about." And that's about the nicest thing he has to say.

"I heard that pabulum Governor O'Malley was spewing down in Maryland," Christie says, according to a transcript provided by the program, which is scheduled to air Thursday at 6 p.m. "He doesn't know what he is talking about. Come to New Jersey and listen to what I am saying rather than listening to his Democratic consultants. We are shining a bright light on what these things cost, and they cost a lot of money. Governor O'Malley calls that picking on public sector workers. I call that telling the people who are paying the bills the truth and not kissing up to every special interest you want to have on your side to get electoral success."

O'Malley, whose second term as governor runs through 2014, has said he hasn't begun thinking about any plans beyond that. On the program, Christie is coy about his 2016 plans as well.

"That's five years from now," he says, according to the transcript. "Who knows what life is going to be like five years from now. I have to decide whether to seek reelection in New Jersey in 2013."

By John Wagner  | February 3, 2011; 3:11 PM ET
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Comments

Poor Christie, he can't handle his state being the armpit of America. Seriously there is a reason no one wants to go to Jersey, and it has nothing to do with the shore.

Posted by: Falling4Ever | February 3, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Fat Elvis from NJ better enjoy his moment in the spotlight because he's a one termer and he knows it. His entire lunatic Wingnutter schtick is all about getting himself on the 2012 GOP ticket as the veep candidate, otherwise, in NJ, he's toast.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 3, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Did the Washington Post hire the Corzine staff to pick which photos they use of Christie? Unflattering picture aside, O'Malley denying thinking about the future as he peppered his SOS speech with talk about what's best for "America" is just plain lying.

Posted by: h20andoil | February 3, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley is not in Christie's league when it comes to responsible government, because he calls the invasion of Maryland by illegal aliens as the welcoming of new Americans. Yet, O'Malley's 'new Americans' have turned Maryland into a fiscally regressive cess pool, in addition to O'Malley's tax increases upon the rest of us in order to pay for these parasites. And now, with O'Malley's spouting off about power outages and so forth, he is now trying to position himself for a presidential run. God help the country if he wins, because one can just look at the bang up job that he did in Baltimore, and now what he has done in Annapolis. Christie is light years ahead of this O'Malley doofus in pursuing responsible and fiscally sound government. Christie is taking New Jersey back to fiscal soundness, while O'Malley is increasing the fiscal burdens on an already burdened taxpayer. O'Malley needs to stop bringing scrutiny upon his bumbling governance, while at the same time trying to attack someone else, because he will be sorry in the end.

Posted by: hared | February 3, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley compared to Christie?! really? O'Malley is a pinhead. Maryland is 1/2 step behind California and will be the second State to go bankrupt...after CA.

Posted by: NO-bama | February 3, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Phat and happy...

Posted by: WmLaney | February 3, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

My governor (O'Malley) is on the wrong side of the argument. Before you start throwing stones, O'Malley, get your own state in order. That means that you'll have to stop cozying up to the teacher unions.

Posted by: bethg1841 | February 3, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris Christie, is a rotund narcissist and his decision not to invest in New Jersey's horrible crumbling infrastructure will go down as one of the most idiot politically motivated moves by a state official in US history.

Posted by: MadasH | February 3, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like O'Malley is right about Christie. It sounds like Christie doesn't think people should be compensated decently for their work.

Posted by: cassandra9 | February 3, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Believe me, as a local Gov worker for Moco, Maryland is no blessing either! The culture in MD GOV employment is BULLYING, BULLYING and more BULLYING, until the many layers of management gets to "do nothing" for 200K a year, and retire early! O'Malley is really in NO position to throw stones at any glass houses!

Posted by: CountytaxpayingCHNII | February 3, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how Republicans don't care for property rights when it comes to pensions.

Posted by: Hellmut | February 3, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Christie, another darling of Fox. When he leaves office, he'll be offered a job there.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 4, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

While people may sneer at 'politicians' who are gifted at connecting with the public and paint rosy pictures of the days ahead, it is worth noting that many of our fellow countrymen adored President Reagan just as many do President Obama and Governor O'Malley. If any of you had a chance to listen to the Governor's State of the State message yesterday, you will understand that his priorities are focused on the future of MARYLAND as much as our nation in that education, economic development, and environmental security are all areas that are worthy of investment. Maryland may be a 'high tax' state, but as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for" and in Maryland's case, it is the nation's best schools, outstanding scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, and a state-local government infrastructure that values the health and welfare of its residents above all else.

While the immigration issue is one that must be addressed, lacking action at the federal level on the DREAM ACT (something that even Newt Gingrich and a majority of Republican senators endorsed at one time), Marylanders should support enacting a Maryland version of the DREAM Act. Doing so would allow us to change the tenor of the conversation so that what 'hared' posted yesterday about New Americans being 'parasites' could evolve into something more informed...such as the fact that New Americans have the potential to contribute greatly to our democracy, much the same way that other 'New Americans' did a century ago through Ellis Island.

There is something poetic about the reference to the 'Sputnik moment' and how we need to rise to the challenge that we face globally, not regionally. Were it not for 'New Americans' who came to our Nation in the 1940s and 1950s, we would not have had the scientific prowess to meet the Soviet challenge and become the leading superpower in the world. Parasites indeed!

Posted by: HigherEducationAdvocate | February 4, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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