“Now, in New Jersey, we have more government workers per square mile than any state in America. But since I’ve been governor we now have fewer people on the state payroll at any time since Christie Whitman left office in January 2001. That’s the right direction, Mr. President, not the wrong direction,” Christie said.

“He’s the one who saddled us with all these federal rules and regulations that don’t allow governors to have the freedom to do what we really want, and then he has the audacity to stand up this morning and say that it’s the nation’s governors and the nation’s mayors who are driving our economy down by not hiring enough people for government work. If you need to understand with any more clarity the difference between conservative Republican principles and this president, you don’t need to listen to one more word in this campaign than what he said behind that podium at the White House today,” Christie added.