Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Christie Calls Infrastructure Investments "Candy"
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 07:15 PM
Speaking earlier today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called Obama's high speed rail and electric car goals "the candy of American politics" in a speech before the American Enterprise Institute Wednesday.
Watch in the video above, starting at 20:14 in for the transportation comments.
"I look at what is happening in Washington D.C. right now and I'm worried. I'm worried. And, you know, I heard the president's State of the Union speech, and it was two weeks after mine and he said America is about doing the big things. Now I'm not saying he copied me... But I think its important to note it because of what he thinks the big things are.
"He says the big things are high speed rail. The big things are high speed internet access for almost 80 percent of American or something by some date. A million electric cars on the road by some date. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is the candy of American politics, those are not the big things, because let me guarantee you something if we don't fix the real big things there's going to be no electric cars on the road. There's going to be no high speed internet access, or if there is you're not going to be able to afford to get on it. We're not going to be able to care about the niceties of life, the 'investments' that Washington wants to continue to make."