New Jersey's Christie strikes back at O'Malley
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.
Contrasting 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."
| February 3, 2011; 3:11 PM ET
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