Christie Says He’s Angry at Obama for Supercommittee Failure

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he is angry at President Barack Obama for not being involved enough with the congressional supercommittee, which failed to reach an agreement on reducing the federal deficit.

Christie, a first-term Republican who endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney last month after spurning his own 2012 bid, said blame extends both to Democrats in Washington and to his own party. Obama hasn’t been engaged enough in steering the talks on ways to close the budget gap, Christie said.

“What the hell are we paying him for?” Christie, 49, said today at an event in Camden. “Why the president of the United States refuses to do this is just astonishing to me.”

The 12-member bipartisan supercommittee failed to agree on ways to close the federal deficit, potentially triggering $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts.

Barring congressional action to thwart the reductions, starting in 2013 spending on education, transportation and the environment will face automatic cuts, known in Washington as sequestration.

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