Chris Christie says the U.S. is turning into "people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check." Is he right?
April 11th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Chris Christie says the U.S. is turning into "people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check." Is he right?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here he goes again. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the United States is in danger of becoming a nation of "people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check."

The refreshingly blunt Republican lawmaker says this is the least optimistic period he's ever seen for this country.

He goes on - boy, doesn't he - saying, "It's because government's now telling people, stop dreaming, stop striving, we'll take care of you. We're turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally."

Christie says that when Americans stop believing that hard work and integrity will bring them success, they'll turn into a bunch of couch potatoes waiting for the next government handout.

He didn't mention President Obama, but he has previously said lawmakers need to stop tip-toeing around the need to reform entitlement spending. Christie has even called for raising the retirement age for Social Security.

This is why people like Chris Christie, and why a lot of them were disappointed when he decided not to run for president. A brand new poll in New Jersey shows Christie with his highest approval rating yet: 59%.

The man has a point here. Entitlement spending consumes an ever growing portion of the federal budget.

We recently reported in the Cafferty File that nearly half of Americans live in a household that receives government assistance. Another study shows the public's dependence on the federal government jumped 23% during President Obama's first two years in office.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona:
Christie is absolutely, positively, completely correct, Jack. The Robin Hood now in the White House has an appetite for spending and doling out money to a growing audience of deadbeats. Government handouts are no longer a temporary safety net but rather a long term comfort sofa. And, as long as Obama's President, it will only get worse.

B. in Canada:
I listened to Christie's comments and thought they were off the wall. I think his crack about people sitting on their couches waiting for their next government check was nasty. I am sure many Americans would love NOT to be on unemployment or welfare but thanks to the financial mess that the GOVERNMENT created, there just aren't enough jobs.

Tom in Texas:
This sounds like someone campaigning to be the Republican vice presidential candidate. He's been in office a couple of years now and rides a wave of popularity. If nothing else, he has more credibility than the last Republican V.P. candidate.

In a way, if you think about it he is right. But what do you expect when there are no jobs available or people can't get any decent work? It is hard to survive and a person will probably have no choice but to apply for government aid.

Gov. Christie doesn't let being right become a habit. The American worker is among the most productive in the world. We get less time off and work to stress levels only topped by the Japanese. The Governor is fat, dumb, and happy. The rest of us are working our arses off.

Christie would know all about the couch-sitting thingy. Just look at him.

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  1. Susan-NJ

    Yes Christie's right and boy I hate to admit the let's balance the budget by cuttin 75% from library funding Christie. People seem to think that because they have a ajob that entitles them to a house those of us that can't afford should go to work to pay for. I hear" Isent referals for electic bill payment". I can't afford it for my self but I have to pay for it for someone who has it and can't afford it either. What kind of country is this? It sounds like Italy.

    April 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  2. Brad, Portland, OR

    He's right if the couch he's talking about is in the office of an oil company CEO, waiting for his next oil subsidy check from Washington.

    We need to close all the loopholes, subsidies, and deductions in the tax system.

    April 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    He might be right if this were the eighteenth century, but now the people sitting on couches collecting government cheques are the 1%, the corporate millionaires. And from the looks of Christie he's done a lot of couch-sitting himself.

    April 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Phyllis G. Williams

    Chris Christie says the U.S. is turning into "people sitting on a couch
    waiting for their next government check." Is he right?

    He is right for me, as I sweated out my useful years for the Jamaica W.I.
    government and 10 years for the U.S. government, so both governments
    send me gratuity checks for which I am grateful as I am getting
    "old and stricken in years" (Joshua 13: 1).(smile).

    April 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  5. Phyllis G. Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Chris Christie says the U.S. is turning into "people sitting on a couch
    waiting for their next government check." Is he right?

    He is right for me, as I sweated out my useful years for the Jamaica W.I.
    government and 10 years for the U.S. government, so both governments
    send me gratuity checks for which I am grateful as I am getting
    "old and stricken in years" (Joshua 13: 1).(smile).

    April 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  6. Martha Brooks

    OK. But also let's talk about the politicians and government officials sitting around their offices doing the same.
    Martha, Rew, PA

    April 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Lorne - San Luis Obispo, Ca

    Yes, but only partly. He completey overlooked the people sitting on swivel chairs issuing those government checks.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  8. Ed from Texas

    Well, that's the Republican spin anyway. And it has more impact on their base if they imply the person on the couch has a skin color other than white.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  9. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    I have direct deposit, Jack. Indeed, most of us do. Interestingly enough, last I checked, Mr. Christie got a government check too. If they would quit giving tax breaks for capital gains and dividends that give investors 85 cents for every dollar they cut labor costs, perhaps most of us would actually be able to find jobs.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  10. Joshua herrera

    In a way if you think about it he is right but what do you expect when there are no jobs avaialble or people can't get any decent work. It is hard to survive and a person will problably have no choice but to apply for government aid. Perhaps if the US could follow the examples of countries such as Germany and Switzerland as well as Brazil then perhaps there would be more opportunities for Amrticans. Unfortuantely both the left and the right are not making this possible and ideology is getting in the way of progress.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  11. Noel Sivertson, Roswell, New Mexico.

    Sorry, I hit the send button before proof reading my copy. Here's the corrected verison:

    He's right about me. I'm 78 years old and sit on my couch waiting for my retirement check for 26 years of military service. I'm waiting for my Social Security check which I contributed towards for 47 years and from which a hundred dollars a month is taken out for Medicare part B.

    Republicans aren't people persons are they? They willingly spend billions to kill people a half a world away but begrudge every dime they have to pay for infrastructure, education, police protection, fire protection, or for anything that benefits their fellow citizens.

    Someone should tell them that havng a social conscience is not the same as socialism.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  12. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Maybe he is talking about some of the folks in the 99 % that had their jobs transferred overseas and have not been able to find another job.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  13. thom richer

    No, he's not right. Just another Fat Cat who has no money worries, spouting off his divisive political greedy mouth to make him look tough and further his agenda.. His agenda being himself. Another wrongly elected state governor bully the likes of Snyder from Michigan and Walker from Wisconsin, who hoodwinked and bought their way into office and now use bullying as a means of governing. If anyone has sat on a couch too long, it is Christie.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  14. Loren

    Find it hard to disagree. From welfare recipients to corporate behemoths and everybody in-between, it seems that we have this expectation that government will cure all ills, believing in the magic that government exists separate from us and that its funds come some other universe not of us. WAKE UP! We are our government and the money that is benefits or tax breaks comes from our fellow citizens and it is not an endless fountain. The day of reckoning will come if we don't wake up.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Gary H. Boyd

    Christie is absolutely, positively, completely correct Jack. The Robin Hood now in the White House has an appetite for spending and doling out money to a growing audience of deadbeats. Government handouts are no longer a temporary safety net but rather a long term comfort sofa. And, as long as Obama's President, it will only get worse.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  16. Karl in Flint, MI

    Of course it is and it's because the jobs those people had were either shipped overseas with the encouragement of his parties last administration or outright eliminated by the likes of his parties presumed presidential nominee. Christie should be focusing on creating jobs to get these people back to work and not blaming them for his parties incompetence. Christie is like a co-worker of mine, he can point out the problems but has no clue what to do to fix them.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  17. Tom in Desoto, TX

    This sounds to be like someone is campaigning to be the Republican vice presidential candidate. He's been in office a couple of years now and rides a wave of popularity so leave the problems for the next governor. If nothing else, he has more credibility than the last Republican V.P candidate

    April 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  18. Ray in Knoxville

    Maybe, Jack, but if it is, then it's been 30 years of Republican economic policies that have made it so.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  19. David of Alexandria VA

    I belive that the nanny-state mindset is beginning to settle in on the national stage. The majortiy of us still believe that hard work and commitment are the basis for the American Dream and eschew government handouts except for the most truly needy. But, as we see 47% of the people not paying income tax, a lot of people on one form of the dole or another, and politicians who are far more prone to give stuff away, pretend a few other people will pay for it and be re-elected than live within our means, we can see the formula for Greece shaping up. Once you're on the dole, be it tax credits or Food Stamps, your're hooked. Taking that away is even mor eunpopular than not giving it to someone in the first place. There are forboding Agean seas roiling in this country.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  20. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Is this his way of saying we are a welfare state?

    I believe Americans will work when he and his political party shelve the restrictive ideological crap, and come together and help make a state that any American can earn an income that is far greater than welfare. I also believe there is still dignity in the American people who will always rise up.

    Then again maybe he ought to know, by the looks of him he hasn't missed to many couches himself.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  21. pat in michigan

    As long as our Govt.(WallSt.) control the purse strings and thereby control the atmosphere for domestic job creation ,then yes we will be on the couch waiting for the banks to loans money to us for small businesses.
    We want to work Jack.Please someone have the courage in washington (Wall St.) to set the terms for our economic surrender.Do we work for $3.00 an hr. or what. just set an amount so we can get back to feeding our children.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  22. B. O'Connor - Canada

    I listened to Christie's comments and thought they were off the wall.The gist seemed to be that people need to believe they can make it on their own without help from the government. If that is the case, what exactly is the purpose of having a government? I think his crack about people sitting on their couches waiting for their next government cheque was nasty. I am sure many Americans would love NOT to be on unemployment or welfare but thanks to the financial mess that the GOVERNMENT created, there just aren't enough jobs. The GOP should focus on ways to create jobs (they could start by supporting Obama's plans) and stop making comments that will result in many Americans feeling worse about themselves than they already do. Christie's comment implied that Americans are lazy and that certainly has never been our perception here in Canada.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  23. jk in MN

    I don't think he's right. What the Governor doesn't seem to grasp is that millions of the jobs that the people he sees as sitting on the couch drawing a check were sent overseas by his corporate buddies and do not have the training the current open jobs require. The other major segment drawing a government check are those old enough for social security. Does the Governor want older Americans to work until they die? If so, then he should give up the Government pension that he is probably entitled to just for being elected Governor.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  24. Gary in San Jose, California

    Maybe in his world but not in mine. I don't know a single person who sits around all day waiting for a government check. Does he have any data to support his claim? There are, however, many examples of fat cat politicians (Republicans and Democrats) spending our money irresponsibly. Maybe Chris should look in the mirror.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  25. Richard Texas

    Well he does have a point but why? Could it be that our government is handing money out so freely that everyone feels that it is perfectly normal to let someone else pay their way? Free health care, free education, free entitlements free just about everything that someone else is paying for. Is there any wonder why America is broke and now any entitlements paid must come from some other countries bank account?

    April 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  26. curtis in philadelphia

    That wouldn't have anything to do with the "job creators" not creating jobs, and that one company in Georgia advertising that they are not creating any jobs until Obama is out of office; add to that the drum beat from the Right that government should not create any jobs. Can't have it both ways.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  27. Mark in Topeka

    The incentive to get job retraining and get off government programs doesn't seem to be strong enough in a significant number of cases. Medicaid was supposed to be a poverty program, but many middle class Americans are using Medicaid to pay for long-term care. Unemployment insurance helps sustain consumer consumption in our economy, but maybe it should be refocused on job training, education programs, and providing opportunities to move people to where jobs exist for which they are qualified. We need to find ways to get more people developing skills and working productively, thereby becoming more self-reliant tax payers and not dependent tax consumers. Any long-term solution has to include parents and families. Negligent parents may be the single most critical social problem we have today.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  28. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    He's half right. That part of America that matters, in other words the top 1%, is indeed sitting on a couch waiting for their next fat dividend check. The other 99% are either out looking for work or toiling their butts off with the faint hope that the wealthy employers won't downsize further and fire them in order to "maximize their quarterly profits". It's the wealthy who are the lazy cows, moving their money and their factories into countries I couldn't find on a map if they can get a quarter percent higher return.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  29. Nate NC

    YES!!! The old are being forced out of jobs and cheated from retirement, the young are products of a failed NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND system. The middle-aged are stressed with taking care of the young, the old, and if possible themselves. The problem is that people get comfort living of government paychecks after months of failed attempts to find a job. Misery loves company, and being a couch potato doesn't seem so bad when everyone is relegated to do the same.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  30. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    They are sitting on their couches because all the so-called "job creators" have abandoned the American workforce and, run off to China, and are doing everything possible to drag the US down to third world status. How many jobs has Mr. Christie created lately, other than in his small sphere of influence? Christie conveniently forgets that it was a Republican president, Republican policies of non-regulation, and a complicit congress that put those people on their couches.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  31. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Absolutely not! What they are standing and waiting for is for Congress to work honestly with the President Obama to put life back into their economy, their world!

    April 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  32. Hafeez (New York)

    Hi Jack,
    I would like Christie to get fired and start collecting unemployment checks. I will see how he is going to live with no source of income. I am 100% sure that no one is going to hire him because of his age and obesity. Then he will know that how it feels when Employers don't hire you when you are over forty. All you need is some kind of Government assistance to take care of your family.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  33. Jeff In Minnesota

    Gov Christie sure knows how to call them. The reason that medicare, social security and other entitlement programs are not being dealt with is because people want their cake and eat it too. I'd like a spiffy new Corvette in my driveway every year, but I know there is no "Corvette Fairy" that is going to do that for me. People need to understand that these programs, while nice, cost money and that money has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is all of us paying taxes. There is only so much money to go around to pay for all of this and, by the way, your Senators and Representatives leveraged that money to pay for other stuff. I guess the joke is on all of us!

    April 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  34. bud rupert

    This is way over blown about how the American people are waiting for some kind of hand-out. Yes there are more people collecting social security and using medicare today because the population has increaed. Just as federal expenditures have grown in every administration since Washington because the country grows and the economy grows.... Some say this trend may even continue.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  35. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    I think Mr. Christie should specify which 'people' and which 'government checks'. It looks to me that Mr. Christie does his fair share of sitting on the couch waiting for his next bag of junk food ... oh, and he gets a 'government check' too, doesn't he?

    April 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  36. Barbra Midkiff

    No, One can not live on welfare checks there is a mandate to find a job or go to school. The only ones I see sitting on the couch are law makers, well at least sitting on confortable chairs collecting big government checks while the poor working class that also collect foodstamps because they do not have a living wage that pays for all of lifes needs stand on their feet 8 or more hours a day serving the people for their bosses. Butler. Pa

    April 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  37. Rick, Medina, OH


    Shame on you! Public assistance ebbs and flows with the economy. I'm unaware of a single law proposed, endorsed, or passed during the Obama Administration that would account for a 23% increase ... these programs all pre-exist the Obama Administration. It is unfair to deride him or his employees for enforcing laws as they found them.

    Medina, OH

    April 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  38. Lucille

    Gov. Christie is correct. The 20-40 year olds expect someone to take care of them. We are also allowing additional generational welfare. Many families that have never worked, never will and are raising children to think the same. I check often and in most of the county there are 800 plus jobs available. Let's all be honest, people on assistance don't want the hassel of working!

    April 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  39. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    Chris Christie is wrong for the majority of the population out there ... the majority work. For those not working, the statistics are trending in this direction. Without a doubt, the government's mitigation efforts to create "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" is certainly not reducing the amount of time that people are receiving unemployment benefits. The extention of time that a recipient can receive an unemployment stipend has been a crutch for our society and eventually leads to a deterioration of one's skill sets.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  40. Mark in BC NV

    The majority of Americans think they are entitled to this or that. Nobody wants to "earn" for what they want or receive, especially poeple on welfare. Welfare people should have to go through mandatory drug testing to obtain their check. People who are paying them have to take drug testing for their jobs, why shouldn't you?
    We now have 209 days left in Obama's presidentcy, amen. The hope and change experiment will be coming to an end. It is time to put adults into the WH and put the children to bed.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  41. Jeanne N.

    My husband is currently on Social Security and I will be next year, so I guess we are the people Gov. Christie is talking about and that really ticks me off. We both worked our whole lives, paying into Social Security every week, and now are made to feel like we are blood suckers on the nation's economy, just for believing what we were told 40 years ago. North Augusta, SC

    April 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  42. Rich in Gainesville FL

    Long ago it was written that "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy." Or what Christie said.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  43. Rob in NC

    NO! They are already couch potatoes. Why do you think the obesity is so high in this country. Most of this country already believes they are entitled to "whatever they want". I see it every day in our school children and their the next generation. Rob in NC

    April 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  44. Kirk, Boise

    I'm not actually sitting on the couch, Jack. I'm IN the couch collecting coins that fell through in 67' , which should hold me
    until the first of the month, when the real money gets here.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  45. Paul

    Christie is saying people a couch potatoes ... lazy fat people waiting for $$ coming to them rather gong out an get them?
    The guy is paid by the government and is fatter than a whale, for lard's sake!

    Republicans should stop trying to fool people with stupid denigration thinking that negative political add gets them power , how about starting by being a role model of efficiency, for instance by losing 100lbs of unnecessary fat?

    Mr Christie ... lose the stomach, then may be u can complain about lazy people

    April 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  46. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    I worked hard my whole life to get to where I am now. Just because I accept Medicare and Social Security (which I paid into for longer than that fat tub-of-lard has been alive) doesn't make me a couch potato. Maybe if he'd lay off the fast fat foods he might live long enough to collect himself. Doubtful though.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  47. Greg Turman


    Half of us do not pay taxes and half of us get governemnt assistance. How can politicians say that the wealthy do not pay their "fair" share of taxes?
    Apparently the welfare state not only wishes to stay that way, they are demanding a raise !
    Yes, Christie is correct, this country is screwed up.
    Gregory Turman

    April 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  48. Jack in PA

    That is the difference. Most who prosper, prosper because they put forth more effort.
    Now the couch sitters want to punish the prosperous

    April 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  49. Mike in Minneapolis

    I think he was referring to Congress.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  50. Mick

    Chrisie is wrong. The American dream, whatever that once was is harder to achieve. What is needed are jobs that pay more than minimum wage. What is needed is affordable college so that folks can get better jobs. Universities are now only for the rich. Or those who want to take on the burden of high student loans. I know many kids trying to make it, they get a job to make ends meet, they go to school part time, they are on their own working hard.
    How about not getting into wars? We will be giving government "handouts" and "entitlements" to injured soldiers for years. We will be giving them "free" healthcare and taking care of many of them for the rest of their lives. Don't get me wrong, they are entitled to these "handouts" , "entitlements" and free healthcare because our government made the decision to send them to 2 stupid expensive wars that killed and injured many of our best. However these entitlements as a result of war and injuries to our fellow citizens comes at a high cost, and are going to be a big drain on the budget.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  51. Not Pete in Georgia

    "Refreshingly blunt"? Hardly; more like discouragingly dishonest. And the only folks that aren't optimistic are the ones still suffering from the massive problems created by Bush and his GOP Congress, and of course the right-wingers who are determined to be unhelpful and unoptimistic until the Republicans are back in charge. Everybody remember how well that worked out for America last time they ran everything??? Christie may be blunt and outspoken, but has been caught in MANY exaggerations and lies. I don't like him. And I'm a Republican.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  52. Larry in Houston

    Chris Christie says the U.S. is turning into "people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check." Is he right?
    Answer : Yes, he has a point – regarding the entitlement thing, but that's it. But, as far as "people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check." Maybe he's Just Jealous, because he has to Retire before he can Wait For His ?
    Mr. Cafferty – Please advise Mr. Christie – "That People Like Me Have Paid Our Dues" – okay ? We've already Paid into it, ok ? We didn't Stay at our workplace for 30 years, day in, and day out, week in, & week out, month in, & month out, Year IN, & Year out, and put up with all of the b.s. that goes with it, for NO Reason, okay ?
    Again – Mr. Christie, We've PAID Our Dues !!
    Larry IN Houston

    (sorry Jack, but Christie can get under my skin pretty quick)

    April 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  53. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    Well, it's obvious that Christie knows a thing or more about "sitting on a couch" only in his case, he's not missing any meals. All cruel cuts aside, Jack, for Chrisite to aver that no one is doing anything but waiting for a check is bollerplate GOP lingo now for their distaste for the working class–especially those who are not working. Strong irony, that, considering that the reason so many are having trouble finding work is the result of the GOP obstruction to every plan President Obama has introduced to introduce jobs bills or other plans to stimulate job growth. Christie is a big, bad blowhard who just has to have something to say.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  54. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    The larger percentage of entitlement checks are going to "people sitting on a couch" in their respective red state. It is unfortunate that in order to become a politician who wants to get reelected time and again, one must learn how to foster and nurture entitlement programs, even the ones without merit. But lets not overlook the elephant in the room which is corporate welfare. There are plenty of couches in corporate headquarters, after all, lobbyists need a place to sit. So this sense I believe Governor Christie is right.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  55. bonnie from NJ

    Chris Christy is just your typical Republican, spouting your typical Republican rhetoric. The increases in public assistance doesn't take a genius to figure out, there are no jobs or at least jobs that pay enough that you can support a family without assistance. Have the Republicans done anything to help that, I think we know the answer. They pander to their uber rich buddies who have taken the jobs overseas and keep all the extra profit for themselves. They are insulting to the middle class who have to take assistance in order to survive. Does anyone mention the top twelve corporations in this country who pay no income taxes, how about the billions in oil subsidies, how about bankrupting the country with 2 pointless wars, not really. The problem is with poor Joe down the street who lost his job 2 years ago, can't find another that doesn't pay more than minimum wage and collects $200 a month in food stamps so he can feed his children. NJ is broke and now Chris the genius wants to cut NJ income tax by 10%, that will save me about $30 a year, but guess who it will help, you know. NJ has some of the richest counties in the country, at least 3 in the top ten, that's where your 59% comes from.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  56. Gigi Oregon

    The best way to cut spending is to raise taxes on the top 5%. They seem to be the ones who bribe our representatives to spend money. And if they where taxed more they might think twice about suporting causes around the world...which we the middle class get left paying the debt. Think about it...what would you invest in if you was one of the 5%...

    April 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  57. Beverly Bowman

    I resent Chris Christie saying that Americans are sitting on their couches, waiting for government entitlement checks, and that is the reason America is having financial problems. First off, "entitlements" as congress is fond of calling the Social Security program that they have regularly raided and continue to do so, are created from the money taken from our paychecks, that were supposed to be kept in trust and to grow from safe investing, which it did. Then Congress decided to use it to pay for wars, to support people who had never contributed a dime, and I've been reading they just recently raided it again, even while they are saying it is going to be gone in a few more years. They tried to raid the government employees retirement fund, but thankfully, laws were passed that prevented them from spending it.

    The government needs to stop borrowing money to give to other countries. That is flat ridiculous. I'm all for helping people out, but our own people should come first!

    How about reducing the paychecks for Congress, spending less money on fancy state dinners, fewer perks for these people? Talk about entitlements! What nerve! Maybe if they had to be careful about staying within their personal budgets, they would be more careful with the nation's money.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  58. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I believe he is right. Government has totally botched our foreign policy and corporate privileges to the point that outsourcing and "slave" running (into the USA) has ruined the job market here. So where as many peoples or vegetables here actually would have sought work, now giving up since it is an empmloyer market at low wages, sure they have morphed into couch potatoes, and by the way, our do nothing cogress and senate and other government agencies seem to like their couches just nicely thanks, and they can vote their own wage increases, that is a hunk of potato the rest of the USA would love, so who is to blame ?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  59. Jim In Pittsburgh

    As per usual, the Republican politician is over simplifying to appeal to a certain kind of white person. The reason for the uptick in government aid is simple: the Republican-created Great Recession. When the economy improves enough, expect the number of people getting assistance to start going down - just as it has in previous recoveries.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  60. Andreina Villar-Woodworth

    Hi Jack,
    I like Chris Christie, but thinking that people who need government help are sitting around in a couch watching TV is insulting. My husband has been disabled as the result of the effects of leukemia chemo. Those words pointing a finger at people like us for needing help for something that has been completely out of our control is plain wrong. Not everyone who goes through a uncontrollable life event should be considered misfits or failures. Hope it never happens to you, I would give everything so it didn't happen to us gov Christie
    Andrea, Olathe Kansas

    April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  61. Tripper

    "Couch potatos waiting on a government check?" Could this have anything to do with the constant outsourcing of jobs to cheap overseas labor markets! Try placing the blame on the free market rather than the president/government sometime!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  62. lindsay

    yes he is right all obama wants to do is give handouts to folks who just simply do not need it or he is giving it out to people who are to lazy to work!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  63. Lawrence M. Dubin

    Interesting, coming from a guy sitting on a couch waiting for a check from the government (New Jersey). Maybe he should try to find a job in the real economy and get off the government dole..

    April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  64. Andreina Villar-Woodworth

    I like Chris Christie, but thinking that people who need government help are sitting around in a couch watching TV is insulting. My husband has been disabled as the result of the effects of leukemia chemo. Those words pointing a finger at people like us for needing help for something that has been completely out of our control is plain wrong. Not everyone who goes through a uncontrollable life event should be considered misfits or failures. Hope it never happens to you, I would give everything so it didn't happen to us gov Christie
    Olathe, Kansas

    April 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  65. byrdman

    If there were jobs, then people wouldn't be sitting on the couch waiting for a check. People have a short memory the economy crashed under G Bush

    April 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  66. David in Chicago

    I'm watching this at home, sitting on the couch, waiting for my next interview since the Republicans decimated the economy. I work part time, pay taxes, and don't own a car. How's that for entitlement?

    On the positive side, I cook a lot better than I used to because I'm not "entitled" to go out anymore...

    April 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  67. travelinman4

    As far as i can see Christie is correct. All we have to do is to look at him and see him living off government welfare, and then we realize he is the very epitome of those who criticize the government; yet, live off of a government check.
    Why did Christie falsify the information concerning the tunnel? His actions are solely based upon catering to the extreme right.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    April 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  68. Mark Yapelli

    The fact that recipients of government aid increased over the first years of this administration is because the economy collapsed...there have been no policy changes that have created any so-called "dependency." This is simply a 'good-old-days' argument that is factually innaccurate. The modern welfare state was created in the 40s, and government programs were restricted significantly during early 90s welfare reform. Nothing is changing the number of assistance recipients other than the number of people who need it in a down economy.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  69. bob slaughter

    the only people getting a government check for nothing are welfare recipients and they should make em work to get that check. when it comes to social security and medicare the people are entitled to that because money is taken from your paycheck every week to pay for it. it's not a freebie like so many republicans want to meake it seem...

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  70. jesse

    It's amazing how UPSET progressives get when someone tells the TRUTH . Keep telling the truth Chris!!!!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  71. Couch guard

    Your show aired at 2:30 on a Wednesday afternoon. If people are answering this question, Christie must hava apoint.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  72. Mark Yapelli

    The fact that recipients of government aid increased over the first years of this administration is because the economy collapsed...there have been no policy changes that have created any so-called "dependency." This is simply a 'good-old-days' argument that is factually innaccurate. The modern welfare state was created in the 40s, and government programs were restricted significantly during early 90s due to welfare reform. Nothing is changing the number of assistance recipients other than the number of people who need it in a down economy.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  73. Da ' Truth

    Boy the Governor's comments sure are rich(no pun). So, this man, who went to public schools and University and has spent the VAST majority of his professional career in political office(read: getting a gov't check) and who has repeatedly used his office for his own financial gain(helicopter trip anyone?) has the nerve to utter: "people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check."? Mr. Christie, you just described YOURSELF perfectly. And we're not even talking about the robustness of your belly sir. If ANYONE needs to get off of the couch, it is you Governor Christie.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  74. Doug

    Jack– I lost my job and my couch 3 years ago.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  75. Sarah Waldman

    Social security and Medicare are not entiltlements, we pay into them for years. If more people are getting gov'rt checks except Social Security, it is because of the Bush too big to fail middleclass depression. Plus a Republican Congress that seems it's only job is to defeat a sitting President.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  76. Siestasis

    I am 69 and still working over 40 hours a week, so speak for yourself, what a loud mouth.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  77. lisa, N.J.

    Governor Christie is correct. He has a 59% approval rating among registered voters here in N.J. New Jersey is a very blue state so this is quite an accomplishment. I appreciate his straight talk and common sense.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  78. Debbie

    Looks like he's the one that's been sitting on the couch,for the last 20 years !!!!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  79. Bryce

    Christie is dead wrong. His style is to bombastically attack a whipping boy like the vague "entitlements" without regard that the US Constitution demands that the United States government promote the general welfare of the People. The Well Fare of the People includes the health and security of individuals. So much of these "entitlements" are things like Medicare and Medicaid. Why doesn't Christie examine the hugely bloated entitlements he's given to corporations in special tax relief awards? He is a disingenuous man, and no friend of the common citizen.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  80. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    hmmm...speaking from the heart and spitting your guts out does not mean one is right. It is easy to throw out there under the bus people and stick a label to theml Facing our challenges takes more then throwing labels and see what sticks!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  81. Kelly Booth

    (from Ebensburg, PA)
    Sadly, he is very right. I have a bunch of them living in my neighborhood. Recently when a neighbor got caught collecting benefits she was not entitled to, her mother was complaining. When I said she "was cheating the system," the mother said everyone else is doing it. I am really starting to believe people have no morals anymore.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  82. Willy P

    The problem is that hard work doesn't get you anywhere in this country. If we had an economy where hard work elevated people, then people would work hard, but after a decade of elite control, people have lost incentive since not matter what you do, the upper lower class is all that is possible instead of the upper middle. Obama is trying to create a fair workplace but without bipartisan support it is impossible. Republicans dont want a fair workplace, they want $30,000 a year slaves, not an environment of rewarding hard work and success.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  83. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Coming from a man who looks like he's been keeping that couch warm for too long, that is surprising indeed. Until he himself addresses his own issue, he shouldn't be telling America how to address it's issue.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  84. David

    He is partially right. I believe that most people want to work. The big issue is that jobs in the service industry don't pay enough. We can get into a debate about the words "Living wage" but with jobs sent overseas, people can't work and it is not that they don't want to. Think about it. How many jobs would be in America just if all of Apple manufacturing was conducted in the U.S. So I would only disagree with Christie if there were well paying jobs that get people off the couch.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  85. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,the Gov is spot on, when you live in country where you can get a tax refund,when you haven't paid in taxes,you are eventually going to go bankrupt,it just reinforces the parasites and leeches to attach tighter to and suck the life from host!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  86. Yvonne

    He really should learn to shut his big fat mouth, the one that matches his big fat butt! I am working 2 jobs to make ends meet and going to school to get a better career. He is NOT speaking for ALL American's, but only for the few who would rather get a handout then earn their way.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  87. phil goss\

    looks like chris cristie is getting his fare share of meat and potatoes... could probably feed a family of six on his diet.
    Obama is the man.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  88. Karen C from Harrisburg, PA

    All of our legislators and government officials get government checks. They also get government insurance. If Christie believes we should all stop getting government checks, why doesn't he start by giving up his and becoming a volunteer governor.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  89. Judy Jeske

    I think it's Mr Christie who needs to get up off of the couch. He has a habit of making headlines with outrageous comments. I am tired of politicians insulting the hardworking Americans I see everywhere trying to support their families.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  90. TJ

    Nothing this man says is Right. In fact his name and the word right should not be in the same sentence. If he doesn't like what is going on . Leave New Jersey In fact leave the USA . PLEASE !!!!!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  91. Jim

    Yes, Chris Christie is absolutely correct.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  92. kathy from peoria az

    Maybe there would be more jobs in his state if he didn't shut down a rail system that was being built that said it would cost at least 70% more than it acually would. The actually cost was around 14%. That is quite a difference than what Christie made it out to be. Ask Gov. Christi where the money went to fund the rail system or project he wanted instead. Maybe those people on the couch could be working?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  93. Linton Dawson

    He is right – people sitting on thier couches on their second or third yacht waiting for their next government handout in the form of tax cuts, loopholes and off shore bank accts avoiding paying US taxes. The # of dependent people is up b/c of the economy, an economy that was doing just fine until Bush took over, BTW. If Bush wants to take credit for increased oil drilling, then his economic policies surely must still be at play, no?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  94. gg canada

    when you change manufacturing plants and factories into parking lots and ship the jobs overseas what do you think would happen, everybody working at wal-mart

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  95. Katie (from Wichita Ks)

    I do not disagree that people are taking advantage of the system, turning into sloths waiting for the next hand-out. There will always be people that take the easy way in life. I for one have been on unemployment for over a year after my business went under in 2011. I am very appreciative that there are options to help people get back on their feet but if people do not stop taking advantage of these benefits, there may not be much help in the future. I prefer to "take the road less traveled" and because of that, I am having trouble finding my way back into the world.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  96. Siestasis

    It takes a lot of guts to eat at the public trough and critize others. Get a real job Christie then critize your fellow citizens. Me thinks you protest too much.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  97. Rob

    Yes , he's right I see it everyday in my job and more than half the time im told, " Im on disability " even 20 year olds it's out of control.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  98. mario

    look at the governor,,,, he should be the last to talk about sitting on a couch,,,

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  99. Doug

    Who's the biggest couch potato of all? Chris Christi is two axhandles wide, and collecting a rather large government check for doing exactly nothing. That is the definition of a couch potato.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  100. pdohan

    gotta hand it to gov christie; he collects a government check and looks like he sits on a couch a good part of the day. peter

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  101. Carole Mayo

    Chris Christie is such a relief. He is straightforward and has a brain, and even if you disagree you know where he stands. Many Americans have become used to having their hand out for a government check. Why would you look for a job if the government check is larger than the paycheck?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  102. Dolores ward

    It looks to me like Cristy has been sitting on the couch way to long. Maybe not waiting for a check since I,m sure he has plenty in his bank account but he sure looks like a COUCH PORATO to me. A little exercise like pushing himself away from the table would be good for him and not critiquing people who don't have Fat Cat jobs. And I,m not on any government programs other then mt social security plan which I paid for .

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Bill

    If true why doesn't Chris Christy start a funiture company here in the US. Just think of the jobs, profit, and taxes that his company could contribute to the US economy. I may be sitting on the "proverable couch", but I am working 90 to 100 hour weeks to correct what's been previously outsourced to cheap labor. When you destroy labor, you destroy the economy.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  104. Casey

    When Chris Christie is sitting on a couch the couch cries a little. If there's anyone who could do without food stamps it's him. The rest of the country however is in dire straits thanks to Bush era economic policies. Besides, if you want to talk about entitlement programs let's talk about the more than $2 BILLION dollars a year that we give the big oil companies in tax subsidies so that they can continue to jack up gas prices to over $4.00 a gallon.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  105. Chuck PA

    Chris Christie may not be waiting for his government check, but he sure looks like a couch potato. He sets a poor example for personal health care and should be the poster child for the US obesity crisis, a major part of the US health care problem!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Steve

    Absolutely right!!! The more you give them the more they want. Government doesn't seem to understand that anymore? Give them a fish and they will eat once, give them a fishing pole and they eat for life (if they use it).

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  107. richard

    From millington ,tn
    Yes government assisstance has increased in the past four years jack
    The reason for this can be traced back to failed economic policies of the bush administration
    When u give rich people tax breaks it never trickles down to the rest of us.
    I have a good job but i am also a caregiver and depend on my brothers disability to keep the bills paid

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  108. Randy of New Mexico

    You're doing good Jack, keep drinking the cool-aid and now it seems you're working for FOX no-news. Not once has Obama said not to dream and start taking handouts, unles you are a FOX non-reporter. what happen to truth telling at CNN, to much cool-aid. There are more people on Government support because we have had the worse Republican caused recession since the 1930's. Let them starve like the republicans wanted to now as well as in the 30's?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  109. Vivian W Atlanta GA

    I absolutely agree with Chris Christie. People have elevated from couch potato to "love seat", "recliner" and "foot stool" potatoes. I am tired of working everyday knowing that some people are just sitting around waiting on mailman or direct deposit for doing nothing. Most of these people are able-bodied and the system just keeps on giving. By the way, I am Democrat.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  110. Nathan Moschkin

    I know several people on disability and social security. My parents have paid their dues. My mother worked all her life and she's 64. My father is a Vietnam Vet who also worked all his life, and he's 66.

    In addition, there's my one roommate who was born with no hands, and her daughter is more than mildly retarded. My other roommate worked all his life until he got thrown through the windshield of a car after being hit head-on by a drunk driver, and he's had 3 back surgeries, going on his 4th!

    I personally have a full-time job, and I am actually often put into the position of having to make up for how the ends don't meet when it comes to my loved ones.

    Instead of letting social Darwinism take its course, the republicans (and democrats) should be trying to address the root of the issues plaguing the low-income households, instead of trying to deal with just the symptoms.

    Here's an idea: address income inequality. Address our unsustainable use (and waste) of energy resources and commodities. Physician heal thyself!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  111. Sue in Pittsburgh

    Of course the numbers receiving social security has gone up! We are living longer. More on Medicaid, yes because the poverty line is higher than in the past. The entitlement spending reflects deeper issues than who dunit. Mr Christy is correct but it is WHY that is more important ! Preventive care needed, Obamacares!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  112. Carol

    I don't know who is getting polls in New Jersey (maybe North Jersey???) I have lived in Jersey all of my life Christie is a bully, my property taxes went up. Our school are getting worse. We do not like him. I don't know anyone who does. He is the worst thing that happened to Jersey as far back as I can remember and I am 56. Take a real poll

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  113. Jack

    The Government has known since 1945 that there was going to be a baby boom, did we prepare for it, NO. So now let’s kick around the retirees who paid the way and need to collect that check.
    Christy is the perfect Republican. Disconnected and rich!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  114. Angela University Place wa

    Sitting on the couch waiting for a check really? He looks more like a couch potato than we do . All.the republicans need to lay on someones couch, and have their heads inner thoughts examined...

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  115. Mark

    He couldn't be MORE accurate !! Too bad for America that HE'S not running for president...

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  116. Charlene

    Its so TRUE... I was laid off last year and i know a whole group of people who are working under the table, collecting unemployment, and getting food stamps. They say they paid into it and they're entitled to it. This country is full of lazy people poping out babies, collecting EBT, unemployment or disablity and are perfectly able to work. Im a nurse and untill you work directly with the public you will never see the real America.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  117. don

    Christie is once again talking without having any facts. First of all we have the largest group of people in our history entering retirement. Social security is a benefit many of us have paid into over the years and that is a part of our retirement planning. I don't have a feeling of entitlement, I have a feeling that I have earned certain benefits and planned for my future, if you did not that is not my fault. I would suggest that Christie and his republican cronies stop trying to strip the VA and SSI/SSDI benefits that many of us have pain into and planned our lives around those "Promised" benefits. The republicans seem to think, oh well ... it is business, we just can't afford to pay the benefits we promised you all of your life. Lets take away the lifetime beneffits and payments that congress is screwing americans on and they don't even do the job they were elected to do. Now you want these liars to have even more control.... get a clue.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  118. Tom (Atlanta)

    But, Jack, it is a likely fallout of what happens under the President's system of "Fairness", and his attempt at calling this akin to Reagan policies is laughable. You think might be a little French?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  119. Joel Lafleur

    Governor Christie is absolutely right. A visit to any primary care doctor's office would confirm this epdemic of "entitlementiasis". The number of people on SSI (Supplemental Security Income) aka "Disability" as a permanent lifestyle is ridiculous. These roles should be reduced to people who are determined to be unable to work by an impartial panel of doctors, not by lawyers shopping for the their "clients".

    April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  120. Kyle M. in Louisiana

    Couch potatoes complaining about couch potatoes. Har har Jack. I find the whole situation in America to be a lost cause. We fight amongst ourselves everyday, getting nothing done, we berate our own president like the peanut gallery jeering at a high school quarterback for his team being abysmal, and we fail to stop obvious threats, like North Korea. I'm just sitting here waiting for the imminent nuclear strike to hit our country while we sit around and complain about every little thing under the Sun. But hey, at least I got on the Cafferty File.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  121. worldlypatriot

    Absolutely, Christie is on-target with his comments. A prominent former member of Obama's cabinet said: "We can be a welfare state, or a superpower, but not both." (Sec'y of Defense Gates). Those are very prophetic words!

    Regretfully, most members of Obama's staff will not address entitlement reform, which is a genuine national-security issue, not simply a social issue.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  122. Dolores ward

    Oops that should be Couch POTATO not PORATO

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  123. Wes Wellington

    What an outrageous topic from the Media 1%! Disgraceful to take this seriously. You're supposed to be seeking truth. Do you know how bad it is out there? College graduates can't find good jobs, over 50 and you're written off. Have you seen the poverty numbers? No one wants to wait for a check. The economic system is not working. That's the truth.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  124. Linda in New York

    You betcha, Jack. Every time I visit my 92-year-old mother, there she is, sitting on the couch waiting for her Social Security check. I keep thinking, "Why doesn't she get a job." I mean, she can still walk, can't she? The walker hardly slows her down at all.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  125. Geena S.

    Right on Chrissy!!!
    You are RIGHT ON. I am by no means a "Republican" but I am TIRED of paying these people to sit on the couch every month and get paid to do it. I believe that if you receive ANY money
    from the government monthly and you haven't worked 40 hours/week....IT'S WELFARE....You can call "it" disability, unemployment etc. We NEED to take care of the old people, they are the ones that worked HARD!! We need to take care of our college kids too. No way should they pay taxes while they are in college. They are our future

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  126. Stacy Brown,

    Hi Jack,

    I disagree. First, you have some people that would not have survived without assistance during those first 24 months because of all the job losses. During that time, I think race didn't matter. I am an african american female and I had a middle class white american male come to me at a gas station and ask for gas. Not money... gas. I would never imagine being asked by a white american male for assistance to survive.

    Second, you have a number of people who are laid off and don't qualify for the many jobs that are available in America. I see them all the time listed on corporate web sites, job and labor boards. America should have been more proactive in encourage OJT or retraining support to the unemployed and/or companies that need to fill the jobs. But keep in mind, the culture during those 24 months was "to do nothing"

    I blame Congress more then the President. Congress is suppose to be the voice of the people. Unfortunately, at that time, we only heard about the people that were displeased with Obama being in the white house.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  127. Graeme Rodgers

    Hello Jack,

    Cristie's basic premise that hard work leads to prosperity is no longer true. Money is valued far higher than work thank wall street and financial markets that suck wealth out of businesses leaving the scraps for the people that actually do the work. How about asking why half of American households need government help? Romney is a good example of how the system is broken. Work Romney did for Domino's 10 years ago is bringing in millions a year for him yet Domino's employees are paid minimum wage. The theft of wealth from workers is what is leading to the couch potato's not the good intentions of government intervention.

    Graeme from Ottawa, Canada

    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  128. Chris Long- Los Angeles Ca

    I was grocery shopping after just finding out that I had to pay 30% of last years income in federal taxes. I saw a woman cashing in WIC checks and not only was the woman talking on her IPHONE- her child was in the basket playing video games on an IPAD!
    I am paying for those WIC checks and I can not afford an IPHONE or an IPAD.....but she could??
    YES the rich need to pay a higher % of their income in taxes but there are a lot of people in this country sitting on their sofa's waiting for checks– way too many.....
    I don't think I would do well in prison- but I now feel like joining Wesley Snipes in the tax evader unit. If the money I pay in taxes is not used to make the country better for everyone- only those who find ways to abuse "the system"- why shouldn't I just do like Wesley did and refuse to pay anything? If more people took that stand it could clog up "the system" to the point someone had to do something- right?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  129. woehtkehrn

    Grossly obese and sitting in a government paid house while waiting to collect his government check, Gov. Christie says America is nothing but a nation of couch potatoes sitting around waiting for their next government check.....uh...say what?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  130. Rebecca

    I receive unemployment insurance compensation. YES INSURANCE !! I worked for over 30 years, got laid off last September 2011. I take offense to his comment. I am looking for a job daily !! I can't wait until this fat cat has to do the same...oh wait that will never happen cause he is a FAT CAT !! By his looks HE is the one that has been sitting on that COUCH !! He needs to go away and keep his big mouth shut.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  131. Billy in Oklahoma

    Obviously as an obese governor who utilized a government helicopter to get to a little league game, Christie is an expert at couch sitting. Maybe if Christie and his Republican henchmen had not wrecked the economy, many folks would not be out of work. This slide in American manufacturing started in the Reagan years and only slowed a little during the Clinton Administration. We need to manufacture something: everyone cannot be a service industry!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  132. Sirned

    So let me get this straight. An over weight Government paid employee with Government healthcare and pension that rides in a taxpayer helicopters and goes to his sons baseball game with a limo waiting to take him 100 yards to the field is yelling at others for Government handouts....lol

    Ned from Virginia

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Jordan R

    Ya. But I'm just waiting to ship out for Marine Corp boot camp in September

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  134. Brian Grever

    No, Christie is wrong. Although govt. assistance rates have gone up, it's because of the toll that 50 years worth of greed based conomic policies has had on our middle class. These policies have slanted the playing field towards the super rich, leaving average americans behind. More people have signed up for govt. assistance because they actually need it. And what's happening is that, americans are realizing correctly, that "hard work" actually does not pay off in this country. Workers have been increasing their productivity levels significantly (i.e. working harder) and yet, their wages have stagnated or gone down. People need to realize that, when hard work no longer pust you ahead, then you get an increase in the need for more safety net programs. Bring back manufacturing jobs, and strenghten labor unions, then maybe this country will have a middle class again. -----–California State University, Fullerton/B.A. Sociology

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  135. Unemployed household

    He is way off. He does not know how it feels for people who have worked hard to get an education, pacing their finances and even when to have children find themselves out of work...And having to use government help for the first time just to keep food on the table. We are talking about real people, hard working people who can't just flip a switch to get a job, but must survive. He is as fake as they come.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  136. Judith

    As a senior citizen, I am SO tired of hearing Social Security and Medicare described as entitlements. Has everyone forgotten that, from the day we all started working, we PAID into these program? Not to mention the fact, that once a person begins to receive Social Security, a Medicare premium is deducted from every check? The solution to the Social Security crisis is to base premiums on everyone's total wages, and not cut off the premium at 90,000 plus dollars. The solution to the Medicare problem is to not require everyone to take it at age 65–instead let people who are still working continue on their employers' medical insurance. Why can't Washington opt for the simple option?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  137. Aubrey (Memphis, TN)

    IIf Christie is so blunt, why won't he actually come out and share the facts behind his hyperbolic statement? He seems to be referring to Americans who collect welfare and other forms of government aid, but won't call out that these Americans are mainly poor and/or people of color, who face discrimination and inequity as they seek jobs, try to support their families, and receive the excellent education we all deserve.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  138. Monica

    I live in NJ and I don't approve of or like Gov. Christie. You mentioned that the percentage of people receiving government checks has increased (under president Obama), but a lot of that has to do with the economic situation that he INHERITED. When President Obama came into office, I was also receiving a government check. However, I have been working for the past two years. While I would prefer not to collect a government check my undergraduate and graduate degrees didn't keep me and others like me from being negatively impacted duing the recession.
    Also, I think this week Christie proved himself to be untruthful in the case of the tunnel, so if you like someone who would bully anyone to get what he wants, however he wants, then you will love Christie.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  139. Michael Cromer

    Christie's wrong, and so are you. The only way you can make that claim is to include Social Security as part of the Federal Budget - which it isn't. You and others have poisoned the language by redefining "entitlement" to mean "welfare". Yeah, we're entitled to Social Security - because we paid for it during our working careers.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  140. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Mr.Cristie needs to accept the fact that it was his Republican party under Bush that got us into the mess we now have. Tax cuts for the wealthy, two wars he did not fund, tax break on drugs to try to buy the senior vote – all compliments of the Republicans. Then, ship all jobs overseas where they pay workers $1.50 and hour that gives tremendous profits to the CEO'S who then hide these profits off-shore to avoid paying any taxes. . And the heck with US workers who have worked in the factory for 25 years. Enter Barack Obama, elected to clean up the Republican mess. The Republicans stated clearly they would not work with him and their job was to make him fail knowing if he failed, the country would fail. Right there is a lot of what is wrong with the employment situation of this county. And, sir, as far as government checks I receive – I paid into Social Security for the fifty years I worked, starting at age 16, this money is not a government handout, I earned it. And Medicare, I paid for this from my salary from the day it was enacted (thank God) and am still paying into it today. Your statements and the statements of other Republicans are the reason no Republican will even get my vote again. I know who cares for and is trying to help the average American and it is not the Republicans. If you care about your country = vote Obama in November.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  141. Dan Jackson

    Boy Jack, nothing like trying to sway the input by your comments before your question. I do agree with your assessment about entitlements, somewhat. All I have to say is if my tax dollars are going to be used for a military machine that is larger than all world military's combined, than don't tax me and I won't ask for a thing from my government. But as long as they are going to take my tax dollars, I expect those taxes to represent more than creating a welfare state for billion dollar corporations and the wealthy so they don't have to pay their fair share in taxes. After all the wealthy want to use our roads, bridges and have a strong defense as well, so they need to pay the same tax percentage or rate as middle class. We don't need a bunch of 15 percenters in the Govt looking out for the welfare of the wealthy while telling us middle class are the only ones who has their hands out. Reference your comments before the question - I bet you are one of those, Jack, who Obama is talking about paying their fair share.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  142. Brandon - Baton Rouge, LA

    What we know for a fact is that Chris Christie spends a lot of time sitiing of his fat butt. Think he collects his paycheck from the government too. Obviously being rude to your constituents in town halls or at speaking engagements plays favorably to the public. I think it's ridiculous, and those supporters would definitely feel different about this guy if they were on the other end of his personal attacks on concerned citizens.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  143. Tina from WI

    Seriously, once again the truth gets simplified down to it's most basic until it becomes a falsehood. The majority of those 'couch potatoes" relying on some sort of government assistance lost their jobs in mass during the worst recession since 1929. Oh yeah Republicans don't want anyone to remember how that happened, so it's the people's fault because we have no work ethic? I can think of a few government checks that go to people who don't deserve them and they aren't the working class, who are struggling to find decent paying jobs either, they have titles...like Gov and Sen!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  144. J Keck

    Why not reform entitlements to the corporations, defense, and wealthiest corporations first. Then lets see how much is needed to take from poor and elderly. What Christie doesnt say is that he wants to reform only the entitlements that affect the disadvantaged. For corporations and wealthy he is in favor of giving them more.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  145. Marilyn R

    Governor Christie is saying that the American People are "Couch Potatoes"???? He should take a look in the mirror...... It doesn't look like he's done any kind of "hard labor" in quite a while.............

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  146. Jan

    I think that if trickle down econimics had fueled jobs, then fewer people would need help. However, why don't we just throw these folks out in the street? After all, just because there are not enough jobs to go around, or just because someone has paid into social security for over 50 years and expected a return does not mean they are viable human beings that are members of our society, right? Throw them out. Let them starve. Hope they don't vote.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  147. rhonda kaebel

    that is crazy. if entitlement you are talking about the funds that people paid into all the years they worked ( social security and medicare ) so they could live their latter days in dignity not eating cat food. Before the backs of the seniors that helped to create this free country, maybe support should be stopped for the free loading non citizens.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  148. joe shoemaker

    Governor Christie probably couldn't stand on a three foot ladder.. .and he's dubbing his fellow Americans couch potatoes? Get a real phyical job Governor!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  149. Betty in San Diego

    I think to some degree he is right. I happen to be one that does believe in the welfare system. Let me quickly say that I disagree with how it is run. I do feel that if a person is down and out on their luck through no fault of their own, we should have some programs to help them get back on their feet – perhaps retraining through an educational facility if they don't have credentials enough for today's market. I do feel there should be some repayment plan – maybe slight – but repayment. Unfortunately, we have far too many people that abuse the system. They are born into the system and the next two generations feel that the government owes them a living for doing nothing. Some people are in the system in several states, all under different names, and still the government can't stop this. Why don't the state computers interface with all states computers. Oh, that was probably a budget cut. I feell sorry for me. I went to college, repaid my college loans, worked my entire life, paid all of my taxes every year, donate to charity every year and I'm still the one getting screwed over. We have an entire generation or two that feel very entitled to everything my pocketbook can give them. I'm tired of it.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  150. Stephen (Laguna Niguel, CA)

    I don' find Chris Christies comments controversial at all – in fact, he is one of a few politicans that not only speak the truth, but is not afraid to do so. We need more like him elected to office all accross this great country.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  151. Scott Malensek

    Um, if CNN says half of the American people are getting government aid, and CNN says that number is increasing, then that sorta answers Jack's question with something as illogical as statistics. Of course. Yes. Look, we all need help from time to time, but there are tens of millions of Americans who are making a living off of government aid; ie they cannot make a living on their own. The pilgrims didn't come here for free medical insurance. People didn't revolt against a King because they wanted to spread the wealth around. There was a time when we all wanted the freedom to pursue our own lives/vocations, to be free and responsible for ourselves, and to pursue happiness through our own profit (lest we imagine that Jefferson never called on Thomas Paine to explain what the original writing meant). No one want to earn their own way anymore. If they did, then 88million workers who gave up looking for work would have started their own businesses using their own trades.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  152. Gary from Miami

    I'm waiting for my Social Security check, but instead of sitting on a couch I'm working full time to cover all my expenses. I'd be glad to not recieve that monthly money, just write me a check for the full amount plus a minimal interest amount for all the years I donated to that program. At least Christie can always do a NutraSystem commercial if he needs to make ends meet.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  153. kathy from peoria az

    I agree with Mr Sivertson from New Mexico. Republicans are not people persons unless they are in the top 1%

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  154. Bob C

    He is "Right" – too far Right -and very wrong!
    "Greed" rules in that sector – and is very un-American. Greed -is not good Jack.
    If we leave it up to the 1% – the majority of hard working Americans will "Left Out" -again.
    We need to get off the "We don't want Government" kick – and get on the "we don't want the few Rich cats" trip.
    They rob you blind -every single day

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  155. Errick J (from Atlanta)

    Jack, it's an oversimplification like most of his off the wall comments. I've been out of work for more than six months after working steadily for almost 30 years straight. I'm currently receiving unemployment and recently had to apply for food stamps due to my deteriorating financial situation. I'm 57 years old and no one can claim that I'm a dead beat. I don't like it at all, but no one's showed any interest in offering me a job. I have 3 children to feed, so what's a man to do? Christie's a self-righteous jerk who hasn't been faced with missing a meal in his life!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  156. A M from Boston

    Christie is almost right. The problem is that the so-called "Job Creators" are sitting on their... brains... in their plush office chairs waiting for their next government tax break, or loophole to open up. They're not doing anything because they don't have to; Uncle Sam is giving them handouts left and right, so they don't have to do a thing. Except cut back, lay off, and call the great unemployed masses "lazy", "shiftless", and "dream-less". That's why reliance on government has increased. If they want to see less unemployment, show us these jobs we've been promised. Oh, wait – that's right; why spend money on workers when you can just get another tax break?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  157. Jerome from Louisville

    You just got through saying that dependence on the federal government has gone up 23%. I don't claim to know where people are sitting, but a couch sounds plausible. Perhaps you and your viewers should reread the question, Jack.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  158. Lisa B from Canada

    Christie is right about a certain portion of the population being couch potatoes, just as there is a certain portion of the population that are fat men with big mouths and no class. Who's the potato? Or does he just eat too many"

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  159. Francis G

    Christie is right. Our children are now being taught to expect from the government and not go out and get for
    themselves. Becoming something is only acheivable in our country. Look at our Presiident. Hard work is the
    only way to acheive your dreams. The government is only going to make you complacent.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  160. Dorothy KY

    Jack, there is absolutely nothing refreshing about a bully except to the GOP because birds of a feather, well you know how it goes. Maybe you should read the report on how he deceived his state re: the much needed tunnel so that he could use the money elsewhere. He's a blowhard going no further than he is now.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  161. Anthony from Swedesboro

    Sadly I live in New Jersey and have seen this charlatan in action. He's your typical Republican leader these days but without the charm. He's for the monied and has no sympathy for the downtrodden. He tells us we're all lazy and should get off our duffs while channeling money from the poor to the rich. We call him King Midas.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  162. Johnny

    I agree with Mr. Christie. I am tired of seeing the younger adults unable to work due to being disabled in some shape or form. Usually the shape and form are obese. This segment of society seem to always have enough government money to buy their cigarettes, fast food, nice vehicles, and have the very best that even working folks don't have the money for. There are plenty of jobs out there, most don't want to work because this is how they were raised. Have the maximum number of kids for the greatest piece of the government check!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  163. d j bham

    No one is sitting around waiting on government checks. They are out trying to pick up their lives again after being pushed into poverty by the idiotic policies of the Republicans. I didn't see anyone complaining about being on the government dole when the banks and even his state were getting checks. What the Republicans fail to mention is that many Americans receiving government checks, whether social security, unemployment, etc., have paid into these programs in order to receive these benefits.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  164. TJ Williams (@tjinlv)

    So why doesn't he get off the government dollar and run (HA!) out and find one of the MANY PRIVATE SECTOR jobs that people are to lazy to chase??? He's a rude, loud, bully used to talking crap without being challenged. He's got the people in NJ afraid to open their mouths. Let him come out into the country where the real fight is. I dare him. He'll be met with the bat of reality. People are trying to survive. We don't have Government jobs that pay salaries that allow US to send OUR kids to private schools. People are barely surviving working 60 hours a week for 8 bucks an hour.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  165. Alan, Los Angeles, CA

    Disgustingly wrong. His party and its disastrous economic policies OF COURSE result in more people needing the safety net. Blame the victims much, Governor? When people get to see what this guy really stands for, his popularity will dry up.

    Nothing REFRESHING here, Jack. Move on.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  166. Eve, Oakhurst, NJ


    Here in NJ, when we are done for the day working our two jobs so we can afford the cost of living and we collapse on the couch, we pray that the glass slipper will fit on the governors double wide foot when the GOP sends him to the ball four years from now. Between now and then he is sure to make enough gaffes to ensure that after Obama finishes this next four years we will have another Democratic president.

    Unlike, Christie, some of us in Jersey are still hopelessly liberal and optimistic, though really exhausted.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  167. Wayne from Blaine

    I am surprised this even made your file. It is the same tired old line that scares conservatives, and unfortunately some independent voters. If you repeat a lie over and over, it doesn't become the truth, it just helps you get elected.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  168. Stan Lightner

    No Gov. Christie is dead wrong. The US has the most productive workforce in the world and defeatist attitudes like his only undermine the country. It's not individuals receiving checks that have hamstrung the economy, but the corporate welfare that is hurting the economy. BTW, I'm one of those who receive a government check as compensation for my 60% disability as a Vietnam Combat Veteran. Does it really cover what I have experienced? Not really, but it at least helps.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  169. Paul (Atlanta)

    He is wrong! People have lost millions of jobs through no fault of their own through lay-offs and that leads to assistance in many other areas like food stamps and housing assistance. The great recession that we just went through in 2008 has caused the needs we face today. Once there are more good paying jobs created in this country need will go down. Christie's remarks are just plain MEAN and he is lucky to have a job. What would he or one of his children do if they lost their jobs during this crisis and had no one to turn to?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  170. dan

    Entitlements? Could Christie be any more vague? Does he mean pre-natal care, social security which every working American pays int, or perhaps hes referring to student loans that help raise peoplout of poverty.

    If Christie wants to address the deficit why doesnt he mentionour out of control defense spending and the Bush tax cut credits? The GOP 'starve the beast' plan to eliminate the budget surplus toattack social services is in play here. Christie is just the spokesperson chosen to push the gop plan forward.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  171. Kevin Kelly

    Christie makes us all seem like couch potatoes. By the looks of it, that's the pot calling the kettle black. He clearly hasn't done a day of real work in a long time and needs to go on Biggest Loser before he dies of heart failure.

    And it's not entitlement programs that are the problem. The problem is all the money we spend abroad and that includes military spending.

    WHY is it only entitlement that has to have revenue funding? Why is the Right ok with the military budget being so high and having two unfunded wars? Oh that's right, so they can 'starve the beast' kill entitlement by wasting money on a bloated military and then say the money isn't there for social programs.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  172. William F. (Pittsburgh)

    The king of hot air Christie fails to mention all the government checks that his long list of buddies like Big Oil, Mitt Romney and Bain Capital and the so call jobs creators his party keeps beating the citizens over the head with when it comes to them giving back their unearned, unpaid for tax cuts. Christie just another big mouth full of air absent of real solutions and facts.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  173. Bobby Wong

    I don't understand why he only focus on entitlement. Isn't tax incentive oil compay or wasteful miltary spending not a problem? If you say the tax incentive creates job, I would argue the entitlement becomes direct spending and bolsters the economy. Have the politican thought about cutting entitlement means cutting GDP. The issue is wasteful spending and investment put in the wrong area.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  174. Jessica

    YES YES YES! I believe he is right but have so flaw to his statement. Yes many people in my home state California are lazy. I'm a college student, always had a job since I was in high school and was only unemployed for less than a month and just got a second job to keep living to have a roof over my head and food in my fridge because I was denied food stamps because they claim I made to much(at the time I had one job). I know people who literally sit on their butts all day and don't bother to get up and look for a job, and lie to get their assistance, or the fact that I'm not a illegal immigrant. But, the only flaw in his statement is that the only people who are socially allowed to sit on their butt all day is veterans and the mentally sick.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  175. Elfi

    Chris Christie is the one sitting on the couch waiting for his government check and Eating all of the potatoes. People want descent jobs.jerk

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  176. Valerie

    What a remark coming from someone who seems to have forgotten that he gets a gubment check himself. The Governor also should shy away from saying "sitting" and "couch" in the same sentence. These Republicans should be voted out of office just based on the ignorance that comes from their mouths. People are hurting and wanting JOBS but the Republicans in congress have turned their collective noses up to the President with their only goal is to remove him from office. The congress receives a gubment check too and refuse to do their jobs.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  177. Dave Rusin

    Yes, he is.

    Unfortunately, some people never grow up. They think it’s their parents job to support them when they’re children and the government’s job to support them when they’re adults. They won’t support themselves unless they have to.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  178. Brian

    Governor Christie is absolutely correct. We are fostering an entitlement society, a society who feels they are somehow "owed" a check by someone....and those "someones" are those of us who pay ever-rising taxes. Remember, the money you earn belongs to you, not the government. There are truly people who need the entitlements...those who honestly can't find a job, disabled, severely disadvantaged. Unfortunately, there are many who are also gaming the system, content to sit on the couch and not work....waiting for the government handout. Some of the comments I've read in this blog are ridiculous! Some have made it racial. Some allege it's because jobs are being "shipped" overseas (Well, when the USA has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, why would you want to stay?). Others allege it's the 1%'s fault. Huh? Where do these people think the money comes from? When the workers stop working, there are no taxes. When the tax rates become punitive, money will be moved. get rid of this entitlement society environment, lower the corporate tax rate, and watch the economy, and prosperity explode. Seems the Democrats want to lower the successful to the level of those who aren't. The Republicans want to raise everyone up. Isn't that the American dream?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  179. Dan Jackson

    A politician complaining about people living off the tax payers dime....now that is funny, Jack. Tell those hypocrites to lead by example, not the typical "do as I say, not as I do" government. I bet Christie and most politicians couldn't survive without the government taking care of them and their family. Hypocrisy never smelled as bad as it does when it comes out of a politician's mouth.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  180. eileen

    Counting the wealthy retirres in Florida paying their golf fees.with government money FAR in excess of ANY contribution they may have.made into the system, the REAL number is probably higher.
    Honokaa, Hawaii

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  181. Larry A (from Sun Valley)

    I'm a 59 year old unemployed graphics artist whose watched most of my jobs going out of the country. Why doesn't the 'blow hard' try and keep jobs in our country. He's a politician, right? I'm having to go back to school, again, I went when I was 50 to upgrade digitally, to try and learn another trade that won't get shipped overseas.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  182. Florence

    I'm pretty old, so refresh my memory. Isn't it the government, all be it a state government, that pays Christies salary? Couch potato indeed, at least he looks the part.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  183. Linton Dawson

    Jack – Question: does the "...nearly half of Americans live in a household that receives government assistance." include the 1% who've already taken two major tax cuts in the past decade, like the Gov.? (And have yet to create jobs with that money.)

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  184. Lex

    Well it looks like he has no problem sitting on the couch and eating too!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  185. Roxanne

    Christie is absolutely right. I have never seen such a lack of enthusiasm in our country. When the food stamp allowance for a family of four is triple what I spend in a month on my family of four – something is wrong. There is no incentive for people to get off of welfare when the benefits are so much more than the average family has. What happened to people working their butt off for what they have? Feeling good about receiving a handout from the government = lazy slob!! Get off your butt and if you can't get a job – go back to school and make yourself more valuable.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  186. Colleen from Canada

    Looks like he has been sitting on the couch too long. Get up and start exercising and stop eating

    April 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  187. RW

    What Mr. Christie is referring too (which most of you miss because you only think about America in terms of what it has done for You) is the overall decline in morality standards in America. This kind of human nature internal decline, affects everyway we look at our day to day. Don't make Mr. Christies concerns, political. They are in reference to each of us internally. Look inside yourself before you try and dismiss Mr. Christie's courage as a political position, or try to bounce/reference his comments off of the last 20 years of Presidents. When was the last time you helped anybody do anything when there wasn't something in it for you. Get off the couch long enough to go look in the mirror. How many of you would give up your cell phone if it saved 1 life in the world and you had no idea of who that life was?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  188. G

    Maybe he should be the one to shut up. As an independent (the thinking kind-not the wherever the wind blows kind), i used to look to republicans for fiscal discipline, but W blew that out of the water. The on the couch comment along with the work hard diatribe are insulting. The vast majority of us work hard and have watched our standard of living go down, The Buffet rule is a very small step in the right direction and listen to the howls. Mr. Buffet knows more about how the economy runs and is more invested in America than anyone else, so i'm sure he's not suggesting anything that is detrimental to our econonmy. If Christie is the great republican hope; forget about it. Sure we need to address entitlement spending, along with all of the rest of our spending-chiefly our energy policy and the associated military spending. It's the mother of all socialistic welfare programs.


    April 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  189. Jo

    Christie looks like he has been 'sitting on a couch' for a while....Yes..the 1% is sitting on the couch....

    April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  190. Mercedes

    Yes, I agree with Chris Christie, this is a reality. I have many friends who got a job, work for 6 months and then tried to get fired in purpose so they could receive a check from the Gov instead of working. They even said they got their advise from others who do the same thing. Christie is 100% correct, these people who I obviously know very well are literally sitting on their couch/bed using their laptops. They sleep until very late, and they get offended if you advise them to get a job. They are not even looking for a job, because they say they get about the same amount of money from the Gov for doing nothing. I'm not against people who doesn't want to work if they can afford it, but don't expect money/tax dollars from government. But yet these same people talk about 'fairness'.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  191. candace

    3 out of 5 households I know receive some type of income from an entitlement program, state and/or Federal. These people are not sitting on their couches per se, but they do subsist monthly on what they get from the government. So, if this country is to reduce or eliminate these entitlements, i.e. Social Security retirement, Social Security Disability, checks for disabled Veterans, subsidies to farmers to NOT grow certain crops, etc., the question should be what will be available to people in the form of work/wages so that we can reform this system?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  192. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    After Obama's first two years in office, I do not believe government dependence is entirely his fault when we were going through and recovering from the worst recession since the great depression. As for Gov. Chris Christie, I think that he is probably right about some people but he cannot make a blanket statement like that about the entire country when many people really are trying to find work and really do need some kind of government assistance. I think that will probably take him off of the VP short list and as a political consultant myself, I would advise any Democratic candidates who I am helping to ask their opponents if they agree or disagree with Gov. Christie's blanket statement to put them in a position where they risk losing their base if they disagree with Gov. Christie and where they risk losing middle America voters if they agree with Gov. Christie, I think that Gov. Christie gave Democrats a gift by saying that as a blanket statement about the entire country when he should have qualified it by saying that it only applies to part of the country which is true.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  193. gg canada

    wonder if he will turn down his goverment cheques when he,s out of politics–don.t think so

    April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  194. NorCal_Gadfly

    I'm not sure where Chris Christie is looking but that is not the reality in my home or any of my family members. My father worked all his life and was blessed to never be unemployed during my lifetime. My grandfather worked until his passing and while both contributed to SSI, neither lived to collect anything and definitely was not waiting on any check from the government.
    I've served in the USMC and went directly into the private sector. Both my sons are in college on athletic scholarships so they receive no government grants. I feel very blessed but I would hope that if I or anyone else ever fell on hard times, the government that we live under, contributed to and defend would be there as a safety net.

    This is simply more far right Propaganda

    April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  195. Tom from WI

    Christie is walking a fine line between being right, and being wrong. He's not completely off the mark when it comes to SOME people sitting around waiting for a check. It's a two sided blade, on one side you have government support, and on the other you have parents who have failed to instill in their children a successful work ethic. I would tend to blame upbringing more than the support system that some people actually need, for it's abuse.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  196. Susan Seaman

    If we are all couch potatoes then how did he get so fat? The governor is in no position to call anyone else names. People will work and strive when there is something to strive for. Let's hear his ideas for some real job creation for this country. The kind of jobs in which an employee or employer could afford to purchase a health insurance policy!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  197. Evita P. from Los Angeles

    He is right,,too many people living below poverty line in America because the American Dream is just a dream that is no longer here and people have to EAT to SURVIVE,,Not everybody can work 12 hours a day for $50 like the slaves of today,,the Mexicans!!!! And too many refugees from Russia,Armenia, Iran who come hare and live off Social security system never working a day in good USA~~!!!! Ava

    April 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  198. Kim

    He is absolutely correct, and this is coming from a hard working Democrat. I dont know when it became a crime to be successful, that is a bad road that we are heading down. We may as well tell our children not to dream big and not to be successful, because in the end you will be crucified for your success and you will end up paying for someone who chose not to take advantage of one of the greatest educational system in the world. Everyone has opportunity. People come from all over he world and take advantage of our education system and workforce, they work 4 and 5 jobs and make it, they work with each other and then they start their own businesses. A hand up every now and again is needed by all, but is should not be a lifestyle. ALL able bodied adults should be out working. PERIOD

    April 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  199. Diane Plante

    I am one of those receiving an unemployment check, but I am not sitting on the couch. I look for ANY job I am capable of doing and apply, but never hear back. Why? Bebause there are four hundred other people applying too. The only jobs being secured by the ARRA monies are the federal, state and municipal union jobs. There doesn't seem to be any jobs "created" for people from office or self-employed talents. Chris should contribute to creating lots and lots of jobs, then see how quickly the positions will be filled by the non-union unemployed.
    I am taking a few classes in advanced office technologies to make myself more marketable, and if I didn't have unemployment support, I wouldn't be able to afford that (or anything else.) So do you see how we can stuck in a rut if thre was no help? We didn't do anything wrong to cause us to be laid of; it was the economic downturn and outsourcing fo us.
    Thank you

    April 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  200. Chuck from Maryland

    By the looks of him, the governor is certainly an expert on couch-sitting. Remind me–who writes his paychecks?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  201. joe leitner

    It looks like the stove calling the kettle black. Maybe Christie should get off the couch himself and stop waiting for that New Jersey state cheque he receives for spouting off in the national media all too often. And for what purpose? He should look after the ghettos in New Jersey before trying to solve national problems.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  202. Sean W. National Park, New Jersey

    Hello Jack,
    I am Union Worker in South Jersey and Cris Christie is the Very Best Chance we have to get integrity back in this wonderful Country we all Love! Christy is "Dead-on" and if we dont heed his warning our Country will Fall from the many Couch Potatoes that want handouts. Its a disgrace what Im seeing from people of this State, Ive never seen so many lazy people in my life. Ive seen China become from a 3 rd world country to surpassing us in the very near future if they havent already. We Need Chris Christie to run for President now and stop this Crazyness from continueing! Im so hot about this topic that I gotta reserve a follow up in an hour from now after I calm down!!!

    Sean W.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  203. Danny

    Hi Jack, I injured my back, badly (to the point of spinal fusion). I've recovered to the point I could physically do an office job but I can never do factory work again. What's stopping me from getting another job? No insurance co. will cover my preexisting condition so I'm stuck on the couch, unable to get insurance again. My gov't check isn't enough to put a roof over my head, electricity, phone, car/gas and feed myself – all at the same time for 2 months straight. The gov't pays Big Pharma the $20,000 a year Big Pharma charges for 3 pills a day at that price. Big Pharma only uses $0.11 out of every $1.00 for R&D for new meds – the rest is all TV ads for prescriptions. There's no way to get a part time job w/insurance & "just pinch pennies" to pay the $20,000 a year for 3 pills a day. What do you think the problem is?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  204. skeptiness

    Christie must be worried that people want a government check and government healthcare...just like him! That's exactly how he gets paid. And after watching him take a state helicopter to his son's ball game, and them a state vehicle to drive him the last 100 feet, it doesn't look like he works hard at all. And it is quite obvious that he eats well on his government check.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  205. zoe

    He's absolutely right!! The truth hurts OUCH!!!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  206. Jvega

    Anyone that thinks that receiving an entitlement check is a preferred life style is totally wrong. There is nothing more demoralizing to an individual than to have to depend on the government for a handout. As an individual who as a child was dealt the unfortunate circumstance of collecting a welfare check. It was and embarassing time of life and only made me strive to work harding and achieve some form of success. So to his remark that we give up on our dreams, I say it only makes us dream even more.

    J.Vega Port Saint Lucie Florida.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  207. Kevin Kelly

    Let's also set the record straight about social and entitlement programs: They are NOT about free lunches. Our great country is only as strong as its weakest link. Republicans need to factor THAT into their decision making while they wage their class warfare against the lower and middle classes.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  208. Pat / MA

    Yes, I agree with the Gov. I work at a bank and see, firsthand, the number of overweight, under educated, recipients of state and federal assistance. I also work with a woman who limits her hours, so that she doesn't lose any "benefits." She has every kind of assistance imaginable, never married (although her boyfriend lives with her), 3 children, the third born prematurely and stayed in the hospital for a month. All paid for by the taxpayer. Meanwhile, this woman owns two Coach purses and a fairly new car. I just don't get it.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  209. POD

    Yes.....BUT.....equalize the playing field......NOT one set of rules for the rich and powerful and another set of rules for the poor and middle class

    April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  210. Barry Harvey

    This is a tactic the Republicans use. They want the Poor and Middle Class to blame and distrust each other. Hopefully, then,those folks won't notice the Republicans moving monies from the Poor and Middle Class to the 1% wealthy. This is what the Republican Party is all about. Also, when the Republicans moved the Manufacturing Base overseas, the U.S. jobs went with them.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  211. GOP hate America

    yeah the rich in this country are pretty lazy getting tax cuts while the rest of us are paying for their wars.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  212. Debbie

    No he is not right...he is another Fat Cat who when the welfare and SS for SSI was being overloaded by welfare lifers and immigrant, did nothing. Now there seems not to be any money cause everybody who lost their jobs who are 50 and over are either on SSD or welfare...GOVERNOR! I am only talking about the working class who worked 30+ years and lost jobs, who are over 50 yo and no one will hire therm...no one! These folks lost homes, cars and their life after working to be part of the American Dream...now these FAT CATS are talking like people can't collect what they paid for...and can't do no better because their is not one person who will hire them because of age..and if you got luck, you go in a job with medium wage, part-time no benefits..so they go to unemployment to welfare, and if they are sick, unemployment to SS, and some just retire early..we don't have money..all our life we just maintain what we had. Someone should have been watching the system and the boarders when all these immigrant were coming here, cleaning the FAT Cats homes until the law told them to pay taxes on them, they didn't want to do that, so they fired them. They didn't go back home, as a matter of fact they brought more family members and what does this government do...give them welfare..you have millions of folks who have not paid into the welfare system or SS..if they paid not one dime, then they should not collect...me ..i paid into both systems..and my retirement...leave my American Ass Alone! Go out beyond your desk and take the rest of the folks and speak to the American people who worked all their lives and lost everything..you think this is what they want...no jobs, no money...but by God...we paid for something..and would get it without fear of losing it.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  213. Brian in orange county, CA

    Christie is wrong. This is just the same old , tired, old, soundbite, cliche against those americans who are less fortunate. How does he know people are sitting on their couches waiting for the next govt. chek? Has he done research to find this out? Has he visited peoples homes, has he talked to women who are struggling to work, and take care of their children at once, with little assistance for child care? I don't think so.

    This is just the usual c ondemnation against poor people coming from a Republicans, it's not new.

    And lastly, "hard work" does not actually get you ahead in this country. It hasn't for the past 35 years. Over that time, U.S. worker producivity has increased significantly, yet their wages have not increased comensurate with this increase in productivity. The GOP lie, is that, if you work harder, then you get rewarded with more pay, but that's not the reality.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  214. Brick of CA

    When we have millions of baby bearing illegals pouring across our borders for 25 years,poping out babies two to six at a time, by now paying for millions of anchor until they are 18 years old you have some nerve. I will add all the illegals who come her put their kids in our schools to be fed two meals a day then demanding citizenship and free college, so slick politicans can get reelected, then spout off. When Mexican anchor babies and illegal Mexicans can go to college on pel grants, 1st in their family to go to college grants, farmer workers grant, and numerous grants just because they are Mexicans, while the most struggling family and American student has to go broke or stay home....don't you dare tell us we are lazy. All an illegal mother, those "in the shadow boo hoo" can come here and stay home raising her kids on our
    dime, while we pay their dental, rent and schools, don't you dare tell us we are lazy. Send the illegals who underpay us home and you will see how industrious we are, if you keep our jobs here instead of Mexico or Canada.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  215. Linda in Arizona

    Oh, brother. Another chance for Jack to attack people who receive Social Security or Medicare, which are NOT "government assistance" checks in the first place. What courage did it take for Christie to come up with this same old same old ? Let's take a close look at the trillions spent enriching the war profiteers on the insane, unnecessary wars we're still fighting. People have no jobs to go to, thanks to the Wall Street thieves who ruined our economy, with the help of the republicans in Congress. And please tell me, do you really want a fat slob for president? I don't.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  216. Gigi Oregon

    Wow! and some people take that for gospel...That should raise the hair on the back of the 99% and every middle class paying taxes...The only entitlements that burn my ...is the ones to the oil companies, other countries we send money too that our made up with millionaires etc. Being a God fearing person, when I pay my taxes I want the widows , orphans, elderly and the stranger in the good ole USA to be treated the way God intended. The next time I hear one of those fat republicans bad mouthing the middle classes hard work for a bit of pay and a higher tax than the rich....it will be a cold day in hell before they see my vote...

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  217. Ted, Kansas

    No, Christie is perhaps looking in a mirror. Those who are crushing the American dream are those who advocate increasing the gap between the already very rich and the middle class. The middle class has historically been the source of innovation, upward mobility, and job creation. The Republiicans have been consistently working against Obama's efforts to recover the economy from the Bush recession and have taken every opportunity to prolong the recession for their own political ends. Social safety nets help the disadvantaged have food and shelter as they try to raise themselves out of poverty. Let's not be deluded that the poor and those who would give them a helping hand are to blame for the excesses of the Republicans and other apologists for the runaway free market under Bush.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  218. rhonda kaebel

    by the way we paid all our lives to pay for our parents and then to raise our selfish children who want to abandon us. I wonder who they think supported their grandparents.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  219. US Senator

    I don't wait for nothing I have my check a direct deposit!!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  220. lynnej in nc

    If he has a problem, he should talk to the HR people across the country and have them to start hiring people. One can only send in applications and resumes. You can't make them hire you.

    If so, there wouldn't be any such thing as an unemployment rate.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  221. barbara in nc

    I can think of 30 or 40 thousand people in NY and NJ sitting around because HE slashed the jobs they could have had. (Didn't he do that while riding 1000 feet from his helicopter to his seat in a limousine?).

    It shows that HE sits around a lot, and I'm sure he gets more than enough to eat himself to a heart attack.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  222. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    That's right, we're supposed to listen to someone who makes more off of tax payers than anyone on social security. The guy lives on the government dole, taking money from people who work hard and get paid very little, just so he can sit in his Governor's Mansion and tell us we're lazy. An entitlement program is something you have paid into, so it's your money, and therefore you are entitled to it. What an insulting blow-hard.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  223. k Johnson

    No, Jack, I don't think this is the way people think in this country. People are willing to work for what they get but so many don't have jobs and we look at the wealthy that don't have to pay any taxes and those that the law doesn't touch when they cheat the masses out of their savings. This country needs to turn a corner but I hope it won't be led by such a " fat Cat" that draws a government check like Christie. If the Republicans lived in the real world they could offer a better solution instead of this low down, idiotic blather.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  224. David in Bedford, Virginia

    Only one point on which I disagree with Gov. Christie.
    Social Security IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT!
    Those collecting SS retirement PAID INTO THAT ACCOUNT ALL THEIR WORKING LIVES, and they get a DAMN POOR RETURN on their FORCED investment as it is.
    If Congress hadn't STOLEN AND SPENT that money there would be a surplus in the "SS Trust Fund" for all of us going forward.
    The current retirement age of 67 is high enough. Many of us won't live long enough beyond that age to even receive our OWN SS TAXES back, much less any positive return on our "investment".

    April 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  225. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    Unfortunately Governor Christie is right Jack.However, the entitlement trend can easilly be reversed but it will take an Administration and congress with gonads to do it. Since that ain't gonna happen, Americans must boot each and every pandering and feckless incumbant out of office in 2012.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  226. Jim Charlotte NC

    I'm one of those who sits on his couch waiting for my Government check. I'm in my 70's and so is my wife. I still work part time but the major part of our income is from the Government. I worked almost everyday of my life, paid my taxes and served my country but it appears that doesn't seem to be enough for some people who want everything but don't believe they have an obligation to pay in some way to live in this once great nation.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  227. dlhawthorne

    Jack, perhaps as a wealthy resident of NJ, you like the Governor's opposition to higher state income and real-estate taxes on the state's wealthiest residents, or you think bluster is statesmanship, or you simply like way he scapegoats teachers for the failure of NJ schools.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  228. barbara in nc

    Is it easier to believe 1.5 million people are lazy? Or 300 people are lying?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  229. Semo

    When Obama said U.S. policymakers have been "a little bit lazy" when it comes to attracting businesses to American soil, the right wing commentators went crazy. Now Chris Christie says Americans are lazy. Total silence from the right. Hypocrisy, anyone ? Also, he inflated New Jersey's share of the tunnel cost from 14.4% to 70% ! And people don't question him more ? And what did he do with the Federal money ? According to New Jersey Democrats he "directed money from the tunnel to fill the state’s transportation trust fund, allowing him to keep a campaign promise not to raise the gasoline tax".

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  230. John Kelley

    Christie looks like King Louis XVI before the French Revolution sitting on his duff and complaining about peasants. He is falling over himself to be accepted on Romney's ticket. And, Christie can take a hike. I worked all my life and up to 18hours a day and my wife worked and we received Social Security and Medicare – so what! How about you all in the Media who are making up to a million dollars and I hear your hand wringing – Take a hike! You all look like you are in Christie court – lamenting what us peasants are taking. If anybody is on welfare it is the rich who get away with the biggest entitlements – no taxes. 2009 – 1470 millonaires did not pay taxes. Governor Blubber should work his fat off for the people in New Jersey = I'd like to see how much time he sits on his fat.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  231. David Haley

    Medicare and Social Security benefits are not entitlements. They are paid for by us. There is nothing wrong with getting what you paid for. I can assure you That guy will take the Medicare insurance he paid for his whole life when it is time.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  232. Terence

    People are suffering high unemployment, homelessnes, jobs in the US are being outsourced, no jobs. Whenever the Goverment feels they need to drop bombs on people or start a confict somewhere in the word there is always enough money for that. But, when it comes to helping people there is never enough money. I lived in Germany for over 20 years. The Germans have a national health insurance for there citizens and you don't heve people living on the streets like you have everywhere in the USA. The congress, senate have the best healthcare coverage , but what about the people who pay for the fat goverment employees also on the state levels as well. So many people don't have health insurance and work in low paying dead end jobs. Governor Christie needs to talk about the real issues in this country instead of attacking the poor ( Poverty ) and job creation. Shut up Christie !!!! You don't know what the hell your talking about.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  233. Angela Charlotte, NC

    Plenty of info on Social Security and unemployment on the web. In November 2011 52% of people had run out of their unemployment, so I guess their sitting on their couches "eating cake," unless they got an extension. The average unemployment check is $300 per week, about $15,000, well below the $24,000+ for a family of four poverty level. I guess we would all prefer to be living on that! More typically ignorant Republican hogwash Governor!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  234. StarFlyer

    Of course he's right. While I'm not sitting on my couch, I do receive government deposits (Does anyone get checks anymore?). I'm getting my SS check and my military retirement check. While I may or may not have earned the SS check, I certainly earned my military retirement check for 40 years of service, 20 of which were in "harm's way".

    That said, almost everyday we hear about some new entitlement program (hand out?), mostly from the liberal side of the Congressional Congress. All from lawmakers who only want to be reelected by bragging about these new handouts.

    I'm all for increasing taxes to reduce the deficit, but Congress has proved TIME AND TIME AGAIN, any new revenues with find their way to more entitlements rather than reduce the deficit.

    Hard choices have to be made. Time to MAN UP Washington. Do I think it will happen in my lifetime. Sorry, no way.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  235. Debbie

    The only check he should worry about is his own and congress who take more days off than any person working for a living. Also, when he's off campaigning for the GOP is NJ still paying his salary.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  236. John Bernhart, New Tripoli PA

    Christie would be correct if this were 50 years ago. But since business gave up on the Henry Ford model of paying local workers enough to buy the products they make by sending jobs to China and keeping millions for management while cutting workers' pay, people have no choice but to look to the government for survival. Bring back well-paying jobs and government largesse won't be needed.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  237. barbara in nc

    Is he trying to count pension and social security as government checks?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  238. Dolores Surprise AZ

    It looks to me like Cristy has been sitting on the couch way to long. Maybe not waiting for a check since I,m sure he has plenty in his bank account but he sure looks like a COUCH POTATO to me. A little exercise like pushing himself away from the table would be good for him and not critiquing people who don't have Fat Cat jobs. And I,m not on any government programs other then mt social security plan which I paid for .

    April 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  239. Terri Green Bay, WI

    Through personal expeirience, I've learned people typically want something for free. Whether it's drawing out their unemployment when they could have had a job, or cheating on their taxes, or misusing Medicaid...hundreds have tried to take advantage of govt. entitlements. My phylosiphy tells me, "Would I raise my kids giving them everything for free?" Obviously not. Gov. Christie is just another example of a politician having to be the "unpopular parent."

    April 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  240. Ed from Missouri

    I agree to an extent. There are too many entitlements that we are not paying for. Our country's welfare system can discourage incentive and a good work ethic There are always exceptions and there are people who need help. However, government leaders who can vote their own raises without approval from constituents or who get full pensions after serving only one term rather than securing a system where your pension depends on the number of years served, does not set a good example. Also, sending jobs overseas so that stockholders (and I am one of them) can gain a greater profit, does not help either.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  241. Zimmerman The Hero

    We all deserve free handouts, thats why we built this futuristic society.
    So we can live in comfort, and better than most countries.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  242. Debbie

    Anger: Meant say: We paid for something, and should get it without fear of losing it. Im tired of watching welfare momma and immigrants from all nations in the street doing working hours: SHOPPING!..They paid for nothing, get free housing, free money, food stamps and shop like they worked all their lives...
    No one is hiring people 50 yo+..it is too much of a risk...so now we go these folks who are on the welfare system, (rightly so) they paid into it...and some are homeless...Stop attacking people who did what society called for them to do..this country would be a lot better when you stop serving those who never served.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  243. Blake Lee

    Finally a polition that tells it like it is. We have people all around us unemployment {which they call fun employment} or workers comp {that are able body working people}. We need a bold leader like Christy leading this country. Unfortunatly Obama is opposite wanting more people on the taxpayers dime so he can stay in power.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  244. Joe Sullivan


    You have to be kidding? Chris Christie sounding off about people sitting on couches. That arrogant fat slob can't get off the couch he must sit on 24/7 with out help from his bodyguards. This "quote" another example of how this loudmouth believes that shouting insulting and demeaning "one liners" is how leaders are supposed to be govern. Christie has NEVER worked at a REAL JOB in his life. He was a slimy lobbyist, a manipulative showboating lawyer, and now masquerades as a politician who "tells it like it is." The only 'real' thing that drips from his mouth is the ketchup and mayo from an extra large cheeseburger. There is nothing that these "holier than thou" tea party demagogues like Christie won't stoop to. The ONLY thing you can be sure of when he talks is that ANYTHING this person says is designed to provoke, insult or demean anyone who dares to disagree with the "playbook" written by his "handlers" and "spin doctors." Why do you guys keep giving this creep free air time? At least make his SuperPac pay for the minutes you waste commenting on his dishonest and manipulative sound bytes.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  245. Bob in Kansas City

    Jack, you should ask Christie if he'll get a pension for serving one or two terms as governor...no where in the private sector does someone get a pension after 4/8 years....he ought to come clean with us regarding that before pointing fingers.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  246. Junior Lawham

    Jack you seem to agree with Chrisie ,but Christie and you seem to forget that President Obama left over a desastrous economie by Republican president and due thiis situation people need help ,what do you and Christie want the President Obama to do ,left people die from anger?I think common sens and logic need to be used here in this situation we are in now ,no president in either party would like to have a lot people on the government assistance but they dont have any other choice before you and Christie can make any judgment ,you need to find out how people feel being on government assistance

    April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  247. Gazzy

    So its bad to want free stuff? got it

    April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  248. Sue

    The answer is NO! There are always a few who play the system, and they get a lot of attention. This is very offensive for people who have watched their jobs go overseas. Those who become freelancers without benefits have to bid for jobs on Internet job sites against people in other countries who bid $5 an hour for professional work. Many of these jobs claim to require "excellent" English and editing skills, yet no American can live on the pay. Many college-educated people take retail jobs for minimum wage or slightly higher while they search for reasonable jobs and for their lost self-respect. Let his governorship get off the gubernatorial couch and tell his cronies to quit stalling all efforts to restore the economy for the rest of us. How about governing for a year with no salary and no benefits? Now that would be impressive and defiant. Stop insulting the rest of us.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  249. hes right

    The man is right, and the biggest do nothing welfare recipients are in our government and the banks.

    If you or i make bad financial decisions we go broke, but the "too big to fail" banks fail and its the US TAXPAYERS and our great great grandchildren who will be working like the slaves we are just so Johnnny Wallstreet Ceo can life the life of a rockstar.

    Our politicians are super rich on our tab. They all live in mansions and spend most of their life ON VACATION. Their kids and grandchildren all get COLLEGE AND MEDICAL BENEFITS that WE PAY FOR.

    Perhaps our government officials like Christie as well as those greedy wallstreet banksters should lead by example.
    Stop partying like its 1999 on OUR TAB. Move out of your billion dollar gold plated mansions.

    The real reason were in a depression is cos those who were guarding the cash, were the ones robbing it.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  250. Chagrined

    America doesn't need an Irish/Italian Catholic to lecture us. Gov. Christie looks like he has been sitting on a couch much to long! He need his own zip code! Gov. Christie's acerbic tone is to divert attention from his size.
    Many brave people, excluding Irish/Italian Catholics fought, sacrificed and died for our Democracy. If Gov. Christie is too fragile for our Democracy, perhaps he should return to the country from which his people emigrated.
    Gov. Christie was exposed yesterday for lying about the expense of a tunnel to the detriment of his constituents. Gov. Christies has no shame! At long last Gov. Christie has no decency!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  251. Beth

    You better believe Christie is right and it is about time the media started talking about the real reason our country is in so much trouble. Obama just don’t get it. Every time they extended the unemployment benefits t gave more people a reason not to look for work. The 1% that has been so deaminized by the media pay 40% of the federal income taxes – while about half of Americans pay none at all. The deadwood class is growing every day and I for one am tired of working to support them. Those are the people who do not pay their fair share, not the few wealthy that Obama keeps talking about. And Santorum is right about the number of illegitimate children being born in this country to parents that have no prospect of supporting them. Besides the moral issue – it is an economic one.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  252. Mark - Santa Cruz

    Christie sounds like Marie Antoinette. So the people are starving... let them get jobs. Where are CHristies facts and figures. 50% get some kind of help, like help paying for college, help feeding a family when the provider is out of work, people with jobs that are still below the poverty level. Yeah. We help them. It's called civilization. There would be fewer people requiring help if we didn't give all of the financial breaks to the rich and powerful. I don't hear Christie complaining about the trillions spent on war, just about the money we spend on our own people.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  253. Dawn

    How can extended government benefits in lieu of taking jobs that ARE available do anything but encourage laziness and complacency?? Granted we'd all love to have a dream job, but there are lots of jobs if you're truly interested in working. The problem with government hand-outs is that no one doesn't love something for nothing. Been there, done that. Being back to work is the best thing to happen to me. It's too easy to get back on the unemployment line and the NJ Governor is totally right.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  254. Chase from Toronto

    If Gov. Christie feels Americans are turning into couch dwelling freeloaders then how does he fell about Canadians who benefit well from far more government intervention? Why should receiving government assistance be considered lazy?This is yet another shock-tactic used to summon press attention and hardly a breath of fresh air. Furthermore, if anyone is familiar with the comforts of a couch it is Christie

    April 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  255. Earnestine Colbert

    Reason they are on the couch, is because when Repiblicans decided to break up the Unions that were fighting for the pay that was needed in America. Then they found cheap child labor overseas and there went the jobs. Americans with common sense realize that we are in this mess because Republicans needed oil revenue and we started a unnessary War to control that and it all got out of hand. So now we have more people sitting on couched, Veterans with disabilities. As well as Congressmen that can only say NO.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  256. Jan in Wa. State

    I wait for my Govt. check. It's called a retirement check. I spent many many years working for Dept. of Social & Health Service and I can tell you that the majority of people didn't want to be on assistance but were grateful it was there when they needed, even for a brief time. Are there lifers on assistance? Yes, but it was a small amount. Probably a smaller percentage than the percent of Big Oil execs sitting on their leather couch waiting for their Govt. check.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  257. Dan Jackson

    Never spoken better than from a politicians who has bloated pay, benefits, etc from the tax payer. I don't hear you saying anything about these hypocrites, especially Republicans, who cry welfare while they live off the tax payer's dime. Socialism is alive and well for those privileged hypocrites who govern or pass laws that benefit the wealthy or themselves.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  258. Jack

    He's partially right. All law making bodies keep passing laws, state and national. This act in and of itself teaches all of us that we will be told how to act and behave. Instead of personal responsibility we have a "it's not my fault" mentality, and expect somone else to pay. I'm a Lib, I'll vote Obama. Republicans are batsh!t crazy, Dems are just crazy.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  259. Susan

    Gov. Christie is dead wrong. His insulting opinion of the American People is outrageous. We the People, the hardworking Americans of the greatest Nation in the world should denounce this NJ Governor. Good thing he only has to worry about NJ voters. All rest of America has just been disrespected by this narrow-minded politician.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  260. mo gumbo

    Christie is right!
    There are two kinds of people-
    -the rich stealing tax dollars
    – the indigent who for generations live on the dole.

    How can you pay your mortgage when a tenant leaves without paying $10000 in rent and you cannot recover.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  261. Michael Toy

    Just more attacks on an administration that has done a good job in this time of recovery. No one remembers how bad of shape our country was in when Bush existed the white house. This stuff doesn't happen over night. Between Clinton giving tax breaks for businesses going out of US and Bush waging a war with just about the whole middle east I see where are money has gone. Also didn't the housing market have a direct affect on our economy as well. I guess the the current administration is responsible for that as well. Now these politicians want to pin all of our troubles on the current a administration. I and not a fool and I have a descent memory and haven't forgotten the prime reason why we were and still are in the state we have been in for the past 4 years. I know one thing, we are looking a lot better now then we were in 2008.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  262. Frank, Jacksonville, Florida

    The current administration has adopted a philosophy of big government and citizen dependency similar to feudalism. The lords in Washington will form the ruling oligarchy, supported by select landed vassals overseeing the serfs whose discontent will be satiated by government entitlements. Couches for the serfs – NOT. Just shovels and hoes.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  263. Anthony

    Well some people are sitting around getting a check, it because they may not be able to get a job. Like my self my background is not perfect and companys dont want anyone with anything on there background. That's why some people get a check. companys would hire someone from a different contury because they have not been here long enough to have something on there background. people like me and other cant get a job to pay for my own stuff so if your company will not hire someone with something on there background then dont cry that you have to pay. also companys will not hire us but the sure will take that GOV money when i come in there to buy something.


    April 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  264. Judy Sullivan

    Jack, I normally agree with you but not totally today. Somehow some people are starting to think social security is a handout not an insurance payment from what you paid into your entire working life. I would have thought that with all the ups and downs of the market, people would have been smart enough to know you need a portion of your income to be a stable amount. I wish people, including yourself, would stop trying to belittle retirees for receiving a check that we have contributed to all their working life.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  265. Rebecca in Florida

    This statement is just another way to wage war between the working classes. What's not being said is just how difficult it is to get a job these days. Companies have decided that it's more cost-effective to hire interns and part-time workers, rather than hire full-time people and pay medical benefits. People who have worked twenty years are now considered "unemployable" because they don't have a degree, suddenly considered too uneducated to answer a phone. Don't be fooled by the rhetoric of Christie. Just look in the classified ads. See if you don't throw up at the site of an ad for an "administrative assistant intern." Where do you expect people to turn to feed their children and keep their homes when employers are playing "God" and politics with profits? And hey, let's not forget all the money spent on two regrettable wars. Who profited there?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  266. Betty Anders

    A quote from, I presume, Adrian Rogers, 1931:
    "You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legistating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person perceives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
    I vote for Christie

    April 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  267. Michael, Springfield, MO

    It's statements like this that verify my belief that we are NOT a "Christian nation". You have people like Gov. Christie acting as if people don't want to work, while at the same time vilifying those who want a decent wage. Let's also not forget that if it weren't for government, there wouldn't be highways, electricity in homes, or beautiful national parks; but that's bad, right, Governor??

    April 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  268. Todd Harvey

    Christe is correct. I'm sure he's not reffering to Vetrans or others who have served their Country faithfully. He's refering to those who have never held a job or those who have made a carrere of sucking off the government tit! If you are capable of work... do so!

    April 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  269. marybeth, massachusetts


    This is the same Chris Christie who used a government helicopter,paid for by the NJ taxpayers, to fly to his son's baseball/soccer/football game, and didn't reimburse NJ for the expense, right?

    Chris Christie collects a gov't check too, so unless he's speaking solely about himself, he should just shut up and not paint EVERYONE who is getting a Social Security check or government pension check as fat, lazy, stupid, and entitled. Social Security isn't an entitlement–I wish you'd stop calling it that. Everyone who works pays into SS. Those who worked for 50 years are collecting money they've put into the system. Ditto for any gov't retiree, be they military veterans or civilians–they paid into it, so it isn't an entitlement.

    If, however, Chris Christie is talking about big corporations and the wealthy, who get tax breaks and subsidies that the rest of don't get (corporate welfare, Bush tax cuts), then he's right–they're not putting anything into the system, yet they're sucking it dry.

    Sounds to me like Chris Christie is taking a page from Romney and others and is just telling lies and being a demagogue. Sounds like he's pandering to the right-wingers and like he's angling for a vice president offer from Romney.

    If more people are relying on the gov't, gee, could it be because the economy still hasn't recovered? Because the "good" jobs, the ones that pay a living wage, aren't there and people still need help? Because more Americans are now living in poverty due to losing their jobs to greedy corporations and the 1% shipping jobs overseas AND due to the rising cost of living (rent, groceries, and gas have all gone up while salaries have remained the same or gone down)?

    Chris Christie is a bully, and certainly not anyone I would want to see on a ticket.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  270. Omegaman

    If Gov. Christie is correct and that is a big if. Then the broader question is has capitalism failed? If the capitalist system was good there would be no need for safety nets in the first place. Obviously not the case, something Roosevelt recognized along time ago. Reading between the lines, what he's really saying is the rich don't want to pay for the losers in capitalism. Is it possible for everyone to be a winner in capitalism? My own personal opinion is no. But I also believe that raising the retirement age is a bad idea. It keeps people in the job market longer thus depressing an already competitive job market. Straw-man are always easy targets.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  271. cobra Montana

    All obama's base is waiting for their hand out.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  272. Steve from Oakland

    As you've said, in a previous Cafferty File, Jack– "It not our father's country anymore".

    April 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  273. Marquis

    Jack lets put things in perspective government dependency has increased under the first years of the Obama administration because we lost so many Jobs that govt, as Mitt Romney put it was "the safety net". Now that does not t discount Gov. Christie's point as I do feel a lot of ppl think the government owes them something. However, I do believe that the Republican Party did run the country into the ditch and have not right to complain about the price of the tow truck.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  274. Shareef in Chattanooga

    Gov. Christie has the luxury of sitting in the governer's mansion and collecting a huge government check while critiquing a president that is trying to provide some type of answer. We should really question some one who republican BEGGED to run and then decided that " it wasn't his time". This is side talk to detour us from then real issues. Government sitting back and getting "fat" of the people. What if we suggest government working for free. I wonder how much that will fix the deficit.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  275. Jsaund

    Do you really believe that people are sitting around looking for a check? Well, all I see is welfare moms who are exploiting the child support system. Getting tax free money living high on the hog but the NCP who are supporting these deadbeats are getting killed. No one is coming to our help.The government should be for the people, of the people, and by the people.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  276. Joe

    I only have my tallent as an IT professional to offer companies and when the pay is too low or the job is too far to travel and the gas is too high I do not work, but I am presently a part time professor at a local private college. I do not sit on the couch waiting for a check. I do barely get by, but I make it and feed and cloth my family. I sometimes have to collect unemployment when needed, but for the most part I work. I resent those remarks from anyone who thinks thatI wait for a check on my couch.
    Joe, Winnetka, CA.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  277. Janet - Woodbridge, Virginia

    This guy is by far the rudest Politician I have ever seen. The only thing morally bankrupt are his pessimistic rude antics and the way some Americans are embracing them. There is nothing refreshing about a Govenor yelling at a U.S. soldier and calling him an idiot. The Politicians of today need to take a long look at the graceful and diginified way in which Politicians such as George Bush Sr and Jimmy Carter carried themselves. I'm afraid President Obama may be the last of that breed. Chris Christie's got it all wrong and as far as I'm concerned he's part of the very problems he rants about. The majority of Americans are hard working people. My 76 year old mother still gets up everyday and goes to work. From the looks of it I'd say he does more than his fair share of sitting on the couch. Mr. Christie needs to take a walk. A long one.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  278. Josh

    Isn't New Jersey one of the worst states that has been hit with unemployment, crime, and education? Didn't they just lay off hundreds of police officers and teachers? They aren't even going after theft there. I guess anarchy is best...

    April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  279. Jay

    He's right – people are lazy, dumb, and angry. The current administration's entire plan is to get everyone to believe that "someone" else is to blame for their problems, rather than encouraging folks to work hard to succeed.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  280. Kirk

    Christie has worked hard to CUT government spending in NJ before it was completely bankrupt. To say he is the problem because he draws a paycheck from the state shows a complete lack of intelligence or partisan blathering. California now has a JUNK BOND credit rating because of the tax and spend fools they keep re-electing. Look at Texas, it has seven of the top ten job creating cities in the USA for the last 6 years, low taxes and low regulations help grow the economy. NJ is lucky to have Christie.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  281. Chrissy

    Way to insult the unemployed of the nation who would be more than happy to work if in fact there were jobs available at a pay able to sustain families. How about the ones who have exhausted benefits and still can't find work. Clumping all people into this generalization is callous and uncalled for. I myself worked 30 years only to find myself with not enough skills for some jobs and overskilled for others.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  282. ploomb

    Lets see, if Chistie didn't drum up some fake numbers to shoot down the tunnel project there would be a lot fewer people out of work. But keeping people out of work is the republican party's job.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  283. Bill, MO

    This article seems to have hit home(and a nerve) with your audience, which is dominantly democrat. I do not think Christie was referring to any retirees, but those who abuse the system. Its everyone else fault, so compensate me. You make more money, so give me some. Forget that you worked 60 hrs a week and went to school to get where you are, I shouldn't be judged for not wanting to do that. Christie tells it like it is.....and they don't like it.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  284. Laith F. Gulli

    Hi Jack

    Really Now. Gov Christie really missed his call in life to act in the Sopranos. No wonder he is Governor of NJ and not of California.
    Laith F. Gulli.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  285. Lynn in Florida

    It is easy for you and Christie to call those of us who are unemployed "couch potatoes waiting for government hand outs" because you both have jobs. For your information, federal assistance went up 23% the first two years under President Obama because we were losing 700,000 jobs per month and most households were left destitute from bailing out Bush's, Romney's and Christie's friends on wall street. Why isnt Christie mouthing off about the bailout that wall street received instead of on the poor people who have no choice but to get food stamps to feed their children. For someone in your position and Christie's it is easy to blame the poor people for all the ills of this country who through no fault of their own are poor. You both need to find Jesus!
    Lynn in Florida

    April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  286. Daniel

    I agree. My daughter's mother does not work by choice, but lives off of Government Aid. I am upset that I pay child support to someone that does not want to support themselves, but even if I fight for custody I would lose. But I work 6 days a week and have never accepted government aid. But that is the United States today. Everyone wants a handout.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  287. Cee.Louisiana

    Good Lord Jack.....Christie should talk about anyone sitting on the couch!!!......Why does,nt someone check into the pensions these same elected officials who degrade millions of hard working Americans their SS benefits, are going to receive........

    April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  288. RibbonMarie

    I'm from New Jersey and want to make sure the rest of the country realizes that NOT all New Jersey residents support the current governor – in fact, a good number of us down right dislike him. He really doesn't 'tell it like it is'; he tells it like he perceives it to be. His stunts with the teachers and police officers of New Jersey can be counted as two examples of why there is unemployment. Those of you from other states extolling his virtues – try living here!

    April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  289. Jean

    I have 3 family members getting SSI diisablitly in Mass and 3 getting free health care living in Maine. All of which are perfectly capable of working and holding a job. But because some of these doctors just let these people get trhough the system and trust me they know how to work the system oine family has not had 3 kids all under 3 the other has one child does nothing and lives with mom who gets SSi and not enough healthcare, then the other family of 3 one works and mom sits home does nothing while the child goes to first grade and they all get free health care. Why the heck do I want to work just to pay bills when I have brother who is now making more than me and trust me when I tell youj he's sitting in the recliner all day!

    Really give all these people a urine test every week and or make them all do community service or they get nothing! Help us working people.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  290. Belinda Noah

    He is rightt but the government has intentionally caused the problem in an attempt to destroy the middle class in this country and create a dependent class of people that the government can control like slaves.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  291. Michael Toy

    Right, how can someone living of the government ,job or not, complain about people living off the government. The nerve of some people. I have been fortunate to not have to have any government assistance during our economic decline, but I have family and friends that have unfortunately. I and they know why they were affected and it had nothing to do with the current administration.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  292. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    yep.....and remember....a goverment that can give you everything will also be able to take it all away......limited goverment....limited intrusion of rights.....

    April 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  293. John

    Jack, does Christie mean CEO's and oil billionaires living off their government subsidies, or politicians living off their ALEC/SuperPAC paychecks? I think if Christie spends as much time actually looking at the economic disconnects in our country as he does trying to obtain warrantless wiretaps on his political opponents or trying to subpoena those who run against him, he might actually be able to understand this country!

    April 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  294. William

    Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t seem to understand that there is now two types of classes, the rich class and the other class, The rich is determined to bankrupt a corporations, lay off employees and walk away with large bonuses while the other class is trying to pay the mortgage on a home that has lot 30% of its value

    April 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  295. Jennifer in Houston

    What is it with the Republicans and their love of pointing fingers at the unworthy lazy "them". However we sure do have an entitlement mentality is America.. namely CEOs who think they are entitled to huge pay, private planes, private bathrooms, country club membership etc etc. Also the politicians who think they merit their pensions and lifetime gold plated medical, special treatment by the airlines, free trips, handouts etc etc... Of course Gov Christie, well he's a good guy, he lives in free housing, is driven or helicoptered every where even to one of his kids school games. Sheesh, the rich in this country make you want to throw up.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  296. Mike B

    Christie is correct. Obviously he has been sitting on the couch. And yes, the rich are sitting on the couch waiting for their next tax cut or as he says government check.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm |