Meet the Press   |  November 10, 2013

Christie's political compass: 'I don't get into labels'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dismisses criticisms regarding whether he's to be defined as a moderate or conservative.

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>> some of the skeptics would say you ran up a huge margin of victory, so, therefore, your margin among latinos and african-americans will be higher. and then head to head, if it comes to this, against hillary clinton in new jersey shows you would trail hillary clinton even in your own state. do you view that and say she's for midable, that you would be an underdog if it came to that?

>> do you know how i view that, david? i got 61% of the vote in the state of new jersey in a blue state that had just reelected barack obama a year ago by 17 points. that was nearly a 40-point turnaround between voting for a democrat at the top of the ticket and voting for a republican. getting 51% of the hispanic vote, i'm very proud of that because i've worked hard with the hispanic community to let them see how our policies can help their families. i've worked hard with the african-american community. i've worked hard with seniors and students and all those people came out and voted in large numbers for us on tuesday. so people can say whatever they want, but the numbers speak for themselves. i'm proud of it and it's going to give me a mandate to go back to the work for the people of new jersey and finish the job.

>> here's the question. are you a mod roerate or a conservative? here's how the blog in "first read" described that criticism. they write this. if christie does run for president, this is exactly the line of attack his republican rivals will pursue. this guy is not one of us. he's from new jersey. his state has legalized gay marriage . he's expanded medicaid and he's expressed some gun control and pro- immigration reform views.

>> what's the question?

>> are you a moderate or a conservative?

>> david, listen. i don't get into these labels. that's the washington , d.c. game, and what all those men and women down there play. look at my record. we're spending less today in 2014 fiscal year than we did in 2008 in real dollars. we've cut business taxes by $2.3 billion. 143,000 new private sector jobs. reformed teacher tenure to put accountability in the classroom for the first time in 100 years and reformed a pension and benefits system and retirement pension in new jersey to save $120 billion for the taxpayers over the next 30 years. judge me by my record. that i'm very, very comfortable with. all the labels? that's for the folks in washington , d.c., and obviously they love playing that game, but the people of america aren't interested in that game. i think given the approval ratings in washington , they've shown that.

>> yet the wall street journal about your economic record completed this on wednesday. it's the biggest disappointment, the state jobless rate is still 8.5%, among the 10 highest in the country. it's true he inherited a mess, but mr. christie will need a new reform agenda in 2014 to impress national gop voters in 2016 .

>> we're going to complete the job we started. we brought unemployment down by half, we created 143,000 private sector jobs in a state i do admit was an absolute mess. the highest taxed state in america since i got there and we've improved the situation. i never said the job was done. if the job was done, i wouldn't run for a second term. why bother? i would just ride off into the sunset. we have a lot of work still to do and we're going to continue to do it. that's why i asked for a second term and four more years, to continue to control spending, lower taxes, and continue to improve economic opportunity in our state. that's exactly what i'm going to do.