tv Governor Chris Christie R-NJ Town Hall Meeting in New Hampshire CSPAN August 19, 2015 7:00pm-8:01pm EDT
clicks you got it. >> i love you. >> and this is my brother, john. i knew very well john's sister, best. we had so much fun together when we taught up at fayetteville, the law school. >> and she loved you. >> and i loved her back. she came here and was the solicitor general. convinced her to go to washington for a while. >> she wanted me to get a picture. >> you bet.
>> this is megan. >> high, megan. john is going to be in it. we will take a couple. that's wonderful. >> you know, i had to laugh, about thewas thinking potluck. she and i used to run little .otlucks together it was something she brought with her from arkansas to iowa and then to washington. she took it to the justice department, because janet reno, remember? having people come together for a potluck is one of the best
ways to get people to meet each other. >> we are ready for your fundraiser, and we will do everything we can. >> thanks, bill. >> we live just north of .ayetteville and we have a little business. it has kept us going. he lives and breathes seed. so. >> here we go. >> anyway, it is so good to see you. >> she could do a potluck for me. >> exactly. i have to ask you, how does it
feel to be a grandmother? >> the best ever. before you are one, it sounds like it would be wonderful but then it happens to you. and it's like the best. >> and then you are worse than the rest of them. clinton: i know. we are way over the top. bill and i are crazy. thank you so much. take care. bye-bye. >> and conversations about his plans?
clinton: thank you. oh my gosh. hi, bruce. you should have heard him. >> thank you for coming. it is good to see you. that is my daughter. >> yeah. >> she wanted her kids to grow up in a working farm. >> i was in eastern iowa and then in human resources, and i decided i wanted to have my kids grow up on a farm. i love it. best thing i ever did. >> it's wonderful. family farm. generation after generation. >> how many years in your family, bruce? >> 110.
>> how about you? , and mysix generations two kids are in college. they are seven. we hope i grandkids will be too. >> how far back does that go? >> as far as we can trace back to where they were in europe. and then they moved here. >> so great. it's so wonderful having had the chance to sit down and talk to have all, and then you here. >> we talked about better end ethanol. corn ethanol. that was so perfect from the epa. it doesn't get any better, and you folks put that together so well. >> we didn't, but it came from
we just wanted to say hi and thanks for coming. we are longtime farmers. i am also the mother of a severely disabled child who is on many medications right now. >> democratic candidate hillary clinton making the rounds at the iowa state fair. chris will be on the soapbox at thursday. we will cover that. right now, we are waiting for governor christie in new hampshire. he is holding a town hall meeting that should be getting underway in about 10 minutes from now. we will take you there live when
it gets started. the iowa more from state fair. rick perry appeared at to the fair today. while we wait for chris christie, here is rick perry on the des moines register soapbox stage. >> welcome back to the des moines register political soapbox. speaker today is rick perry, who is seeking the nomination for the republican party for the presidency. he was first elected to the house in texas. he was then agriculture commissioner and served as
lieutenant governor. as theed 14 years governor of texas, the longest term as that state's chief executive. this will be his third time to grace the stage of the register soapbox. governor perry, welcome back to the soapbox. mr. perry: thank you, carol. that was awesome. thank you. be lookingasure to at this you and listening to our star-spangled banner sung by this extraordinary talent. is an extraordinary state. it reminds me as i travel across , many miles of its, it reminds
me of where i grew up west of fort worth in haskell county. a little community called paint creek. it was not big enough to have a post office. it was where i called home. the values i learned there shaped my worldviews to today. those values are hard work, the dignity of having a job, of serving your country, serving your state, serving your fellow man. being able to give back to this incredible country that has given all of us the opportunity to succeed.
one of the reasons i want to be your president is because i think all too often some of those opportunities are not where they could be today, should be today because washington, d.c., have decided they are the fountain of all wisdom and that all decisions need to be made their. you know what my answer is? i am mad as hell and will do something to change it. [applause] i think that is what this election is reflecting his people having a bellyful of all of the decisions trying to be made 1500 miles away from where they need to be made in this date. i think it was dwight eisenhower that said it is easy to farm when your plow is a pencil and you are 1500 miles away from the farm. that is what we are facing today. we are seeing this continual
consolidation of power in washington, d.c. a place that has become corrupt, a place we do not trust, and a place that is america less of a place than it could be if we happy decisions devolved back to the states. i am a big believer in the constitution of the united states of america. i put my hand up an i swore and allegiance to the constitution of the united states as i was a pilot from 1972 in 1977. my father did the same thing. my dad was a b-17 tailgunner in 1944 and 1945. he flew five missions over nazi germany to help liberate that continent. my dad wanted to go home, live in peace, and farm. that is what he did. my dad is a 90-year-old man living in texas today. he taught me everyday about giving back to my country, giving back to my state, giving back to my community. he understood that public service is an honorable thing. america is great because men and
women hold up their hand and say here am i. send me. there are a lot of ways you volunteer this country and get back to this country. it is one of the reasons we are a unique country. you can join the peace corps or the marine corps or anything in between. get back to this country. -- give back to this country. that is what we need in this country again is americans who believe that you can attain the american dream. we are not going to do it unless we deconstruct that crap going on in washington d.c. that is the challenge of our lifetime. you need a leader that understands how to do that. i want to share with you -- i was the governor of the state of texas for 14 years. unquestionably, it is a place that i will suggest economically one of the great places to live
in the world. it is that way because we freed people from over taxation and overregulation and over litigation. we give people the opportunity to contain anything they wanted in the life because we gave them the opportunity to graduate from high school and go on to the next stage of my. -- stage of life. until 2013, we went from 27 in the nation in high school graduation rates to the second highest valuation rate in america -- highest graduation rate in america. you want to send a powerful message across this country? you free up the states to do those decisions. i believe in this constitution. our constitution was created by an incredibly visionary people. you think about what that constitution says.
it clearly illuminates the powers that we are supposed to do as a federal government. enumerates them. we are supposed to stand a strong military. today, we have the smallest personnel in the army we have had since 1940. we are down to one fighter in the production, the f 35. we are down to 10 carriers. we should have 13 at least to protect commerce, to protect our allies in this country. we are down to ohio class submarines being the third leg of our nuclear triad, and we are down to the last years of their useful life, and we have no plan to reuse them or refurbish them. our military has been hollowed out. our constitution tells us to do something else in this country, and that is to secure our border. wouldn't be awesome if the government got those two things right? then we can have a conversation about if there is anything else the government needs to be engaged with. the idea that d.c. is deciding
our children's curriculum is nonsense. the idea that washington d.c. should be telling us how to deliver health care is nonsense. the idea that washington d.c. should tell us how to do transportation infrastructure should be left to the states. because if washington would take a look at the constitution and read the bill of rights, it would get up to the tent of amendment that says the powers not delegated to the government by the constitution are reserved to the states or for the individual. let's get back to being a constitutional country. believe in the constitution. apply the constitution. [applause] that is what we have to do. we need a president of the united states that has a record of delivering. listen, you're going to hear a lot of people stand on this
stage, and they are going to tell you a lot of good things. but all too often it is just rhetoric. i think it is time and i hope you agree that we have a president -- we will have eight years of a young inexperienced united states senator that i think has gotten us into the ditch economically and from a foreign policy standpoint. it is time for a president of the united states that actually has a record. this is going to be a show me, do not tell me election. [applause] show me what you have done. that what i'm talking about. show me what you have done as the leader of the 12 largest economy in the world. here is what i want to tell you about. if you want to talk about how an individual is going to react, i already have that record. nobody gave me a handbook that
said here is how you deal with a space shuttle that will disintegrate over your state. nobody said here is how you will deal with this massive amount of people that will show up on your border moving away from a hurricane called katrina. your state is going to receive all of these people from louisiana. last summer, nobody gave me the how-to book when people massed on our border being driven by gains and cartels trying to come into this government. government failed to secure our border. nobody said here is how you deal with it. nobody gave me a manual that set --manual that said this is how you deal with a disease that will scare the world that has showed up in your state, and i am talking about ebola.
america's got to see in every one of those cases leadership by example. americans saw a competent and confident governor and the people of that state dealing with all of that. of issues. they got to see how we deal with an economy creating the most dynamic economy in the country. we created 1.5 million jobs from the end of 2007 to the end of 2014 while the rest of the country lost 400,000 jobs. i do not think that was an accident. it happened because we allow the people to have the freedom to keep more of what they worked for. people to have the opportunity to know that the government will not strangle them with regulations. i think that is what this country needs, a proven leader who day in and day out will go
to the oval office and make washington d.c. as inconsequential in your lives as we can make it. that is what this country is looking for. [applause] i know how to do this. i have a record of being able to put in place tax files and reaching across the line. i don't mind working with democrats. if you believe in america and you want a better future, i do not care what political party. democrats and republicans have fouled it up in d.c. we need somebody that will go there and put this country back on track to the greatness of which my father was a part of. i took my dad back to the base where he served in 1944. as a 19-year-old young man. he got on that b17 35 times.
they went down the runway with a bomb-laden b-17 to a very uncertain future. i took my dad back there some years ago. it was a powerful moment for a son to be able to stand 60 miles away from where i was stationed with my dad and talk about the most powerful time in his life. and what it meant to him. my dad and i let that air station, and we crossed the english channel on our way to a point. my dad said sun this is my 71st trip across the english channel. on the sixth of june, on that plane above the beach called omaha, my dad and i celebrated in memory of those 4000 plus young americans. those 4000 graves that are on top of that windswept plain.
the sacrifice young americans made for our today. young americans who gave their todays for our tomorrows. 4000 plus graves, those white crosses and stars of david reflecting extraordinary sacrifice. it struck me standing there looking at that vista. every one of those graves look west. they look west across the atlantic ocean. west to america.
west to the america those young americans would never go home to. an america they love. -- loved. i think they are in silent judgment of us. we have to ask ourselves how we lived up to their sacrifice? have we earned their respect? >> you can watch all of this event from the iowa state fair on c-span.org. we leave the last minute or so of rick perry to take you live to new hampshire where chris is appearing tonight at molly's in new hampshire. live road to the white house coverage on c-span.
[applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> good evening. please take your seats. .elcome, governor christie we have here a new jersey boy. he is a real jersey boy from newark, new jersey. the university of delaware, got his law degree, and has a long biography which i will not go into. he is going to explain himself.
but i remember the first time i ever heard him speak, and i thought, my gosh, this is refreshing. he tells it like it is. and he is using that as his campaign motto. thebelieve me, this is third time i have seen him, and i know he will tell it like it is. i am the chair of the new boston republican committee. thank you. if you have never been to one of our meetings, we are at the local library the first thursday of every month. please come and see us. .e have some great speakers and we will welcome you. i am going to turn this microphone over to governor christie. mr. christie: it is great to be
here tonight. i first want to introduce the best thing that happened to me during my four years at the university of delaware. i came out with a bachelors degree of political science and a wife, the first lady of new jersey, mary pat christie. and tell you, one of the things i have enjoyed the most so far about this campaign is the fact that mary pat and i have been able to meet so many extraordinary people. and when i go back to new jersey, people ask me all the time, what is it like to for president of the united states in places like new hampshire, iowa, and south carolina. i tell people all the time it will renew your confidence in american democracy. that was the first thing i thought about when i came around the corner from the car and saw at theyou down here
bottom of that little incline. and america should see this, and i hope they do, because here we are, on an august evening, on a wednesday night, and so many folks from new hampshire are out here tonight to listen to a candidate for president of the united states, and to try to aboutake your decision who the republican nominee should be and who the next president of the united states should be. people get cynical about our , we all do sometimes, and man, we earn it. but this is what they should see. how engaged americans are in the way they are going to be governed. i wish my oldest son andrew was here tonight. i come home, when to ask me questions about what it is like to run for president. he should see this tonight.
thank you for being here. there is a little guy in a yellow shirt waving at me. don't want to disappoint him. thank you, buddy. i want to leave the rest of the time for you to ask me questions. these done a bunch of town hall meetings in new jersey. over 130 in the time i have been governor. one of you have seen those youtube or on the computer. they tend to be somewhat raucous affairs at times. i am much more couple answering your questions and finding out what is on your mind. here are two things i want to talk about. if you watch the debate almost two weeks ago now, and i assume that if you are here you probably watched the debate -- only 24 million of our fellow americans were tuned in that night. if you remember the interaction i had with evan or huckabee, i want to read the -- governor
huckabee, i want to revisit that for a second. it was a civilized its agreement and exchange. i thought that was great. we have differing opinions on this issue. governor huckabee came up to me on the commercial -- that is the stuff you really wanted to see, by the way. you are watching fox make a lot of money from commercials. they should have given you an option to pay a little more and watch what we are doing. governor huckabee came up to me and said, thanks for such a civilized exchange. i said to him, i have known mike for a while. mike, you are civilized to me, and i will be civilized to you. that is how it should be. we were an hour and five minutes or so into that debate. here is why it is a problem. today,the federal budget 71% is being spent by entitlements and debt service.
whelming the over amount of time except for that question on the other 29%. why is that? politicians are scared to talk to you about it. we have to reform the entitlement system because the government has failed you on entitlements. the government told you if you paid into the system, they keep it in a trust fund and that money would be kept there for you until it was time for you to retire and then it would be paid back to you with interest. you could help to support your retirement. here is some bad news, everybody, that you already know. there is no trust. there is no trust fund. the trust fund is filled with a stack of iou's from the federal government. since we fund the government, it is iou's from ourselves to ourselves. those are the worst.
you have to pay yourself back. my disagreement with governor huckabee is he said we can't change entitlements because if we do, that will be absolutely lying and stealing by the government. i said to governor huckabee, here is the best new -- bad news. of stealing has occurred. this is a classic closing the barn door after the horse ran out. we have to get the horse back into the barn. it is unacceptable to allow what is happening to social security and medicare. i suggested the most detailed program, in fact the only program anyone has offered on entitlement program. this is hard to say you are the only person who has offered a plan when there are 16 other candidates in the rate, not in cloud -- not counting the five democrats. there is only one, and you are looking at him, who has put this
forward. it is too scary to put for her other people because they are afraid you will get upset. i feel differently. i trust you. i think you already know the truth about this already. you know what needs to be done. you need to have a leader that says let's move in this direction and it and be trustful enough to tell you the truth. we need to raise the retirement age. when those programs were developed, people's life expectancy was in the mid to late 60's. the average life expectancy of a woman in america is 83 years old. the average life expectancy in a man in america is 79 years old. a couple of ladies smiling. [laughter] a decade ago you had a six-year lead on us. is down to ar, it
four-yearly. we are gaining on you. that for your vacation you were counting on, you may not get it. you may have to put up with us your entire life. the good news is we are living longer lies and better lies. it is a blessing that we have more time on this earth to share with our family and friends and to do so in good health. what it means for the systems is we are taking moneys out of these systems 15-20 years longer than they were intended to have. it can't work. what do we need to do? here's what i propose. we raise it two years and phase it in over the next five years. eligibility would go up one month a year for the next 25 years. one month a year for the next 25 years. it means that people who were on social security now are not affected now.
people who are not affected by social security -- who are close to social security may be affected by a month or two. that is all. it will help the solvency of the system for the young people who are here who maybe now are in their teens or early 20's. it will make the system available for them. i remember a young man coming up to me after a town hall meeting, he was 23 years old, fully me he had just got his first job out of college and he said i'm glad you are given with entitlements because i said that blanket deduction in my paycheck and i think, what a joke. social security will not be there for me. we want him to feel confident in the fact that he is paying into a system that he will get something back in return if he needs it. that is the second point. i do the same thing with medicare. to your increase over 25 years.
i said to a group of folks at a fundraiser of mine -- they said, what you mean by means testing for social security? it means none of you will get it. [laughter] if you are rich enough to be at this fundraiser, you are probably not going to get social security if i have my way. here's what i mean. let's be very specific. if you make over $200,000 a year in retirement income, and that means you have 4 million or $5 million, not counting your home, $4 million invested and thrown off income of $200,000 a year or more, the first thing i said he was congratulations. you have done a great job in your life. you have lived your life and had that kind of money saved. it is a great thing. i want to remind you that in this greatest country of the world that gave you the opportunity to do that. no place else in the world have you had as free and an
unfettered opportunity to pick you mean like that wealth than you have in the united states. here is the last part. if you are making that kind of money, that social security check make any difference in your lifestyle? it won't. here is what social security is supposed to be about and the reason it was started. security. it was supposed to be a supplement or people's other plans of retirement or a safety net for people who worked hard and played by the rules and paid into the system. because of the twists and turns that our lives sometimes take, they were going to grow old in poverty. we don't want anyone in the united states of america to grow old in poverty and have to choose between heat and food and rest. so security -- social security can provide that for those
people who need to have a safety net underneath them. ,f we do not make these changes that safety net may not be there for these folks. harvard did a study that said social security will be broke in 7-8 years. we are not talking way off into the future. let's contrast that with what secretary clinton says she wants to do. she wants to take the cap off of social security tax. she wants to say that you will youfica tax on every nickel make. it right now it is cap that $118,000 a year. you make more than that, you don't pay any more fica tax. the you really want to give the government, who lied to you install for you, more money -- and stole from you, more money? we are having this discussion because the government was in at and dishonest in the waiting it dealt with social security. clinton's solution is get it
more. do that, let's take money away from companies rather than giving more money to government. i think that is a commonsense idea and i think it is the way conservative republicans think. we don't want to give the government more money. it does not make any sense. we will figure out a way washington, d.c. to spend it on something else and they will come back again and do you know the next thing mrs. clinton will do? when she becomes president she will raise the tax rate as well, guaranteed. we just need a little more. it is only little if you are receiving, not if you are giving it. then it is a lot more than a little. thing,care, same $200,000 or more a year in income. right now we subsidize your medicare premium 75%. for those folks come say we subsidize the premium 10%.
it will save tens of billions of dollars a year if we give them a lower subsidy. they have the money to pay for it. let's make those folks pay a little more for their health care so that medicare is there, fully subsidized, for those who really need it. who otherwise would have to go to the emergency room to get their treatment, and we know that is the most ineffective and costly way for us to deliver health care. either way, we will be paying for that, too, but at a much higher rate than what we paid with metal care. i talk about entitlement reform not because i want to, but because i'm a politician and i like to get votes and be elected and i know that it's risky. i also know that if you aren't running for the most important job in the world during a time when you are within seven or eight years of this long-standing, successful, anti-poverty program from going broke, you had better talk about it or you have no business
running for president of the united states. i hope you get more people in new boston who are in our primary, ask them. don't let them get away with the old we will study it and looked at it. we looked at it plenty. now it is time to dig your heels in and take a position. tell the american people where you are at. that is what we need to do. [applause] thing i want to talk about is lawlessness. i have a different point of view than some on this because i'm a forma former federal prosecutor. before i became governor for seven years, i was a united states attorney in new jersey. i was named u.s. attorney by george w. bush on september 10, 2001. septemberid yes to on 10, 2001, changed a whole lot 24 hours later. did whatlater, my wife
she had been doing for many years. she drove to the train station. she took two train stations and made her way through the world trade center in lower manhattan and walked to her jobs. her job was two blocks from the world trade center. brother did what he has been doing since a late 1980's. got in a car, took a couple of trains, walked into the world trade center and walked to the floor do new york stock exchange where he had been working since he got out of college. when the first plane hit, mary pat said she could see out her window. don't worry about it. they said it was a small commuter plane. you remember. while we were on the phone, the second plane hit the second building. she told me that the people in her office said to evacuate to the basement and that she would call me later. at that moment we had three children in our lives.
our son andrew, who was eight at the time, our daughter sarah, who was five at the time, and our son patrick. patrick had just turned one year old. those five and a half hours were the longest five and a half 45rs of my life, because and a half hours i did not hear from her. one building fell, the other building fell, and there were reports of explosions and bombs that all turned out to be wrong, but i did not know that. i kept calling. i could not get her on the phone. finally, five and a half hours later i got a phone call from a bar payphone telling me that she had made her way out of lower manhattan further uptown and was figuring out a way to get home. we figured out a way to get her home and think god, t my brother,oo. changed --ives were
and thank god, my brother, too. our whole lives were changed that day. lawlessness. the lack of respect for the laws of our country started in earnest that day. people so disregarded the law that they thought they could hijack airliners, fly them into buildings, kill thousands of people, and that they did so in the name of religion. my job from that moment forward was to make sure that lawlessness was ended. was to enforce the law and to prevent any acts of terrorism on our watch again that would kill americans. i want to make sure you all understand. let's remember for a second the gravity of the losses that day. silenceve a moment of
for every lost soul on 9/11, just one minute, we know now it has been nearly 14 years since those attack. those families have gone 14 years without their loved ones, husband or wife, son or daughter, brother or sister. gave one minute -- we would be more than willing to give a moment of silence. here's what would happen. if we have a moment of silent for each and every one of those lost souls that day, we would be untilg here in silence 9:45 p.m. on friday. straight. if we gave each lost soul one minute. the families have had in years of silence from loved ones.
see, i got into a spat with senator paul on the debate stage -- a little less civilized than my back and forth with governor huckabee, but only because senator paul decided to be uncivilized. that's ok. we guys from new jersey are versatile. [laughter] we can be civilized if we need to be, and we can be less so if we need to be as well. the reason i was so direct with i almost lost my loved ones that day. we lost a good friend of ours in our parish that day. he died in the world trade center. our oldest son's best friend's dad was killed that day and we have watched that young man grow up. every year on his father's birthday he puts his father's picture as his cover picture on his facebook page and he writes
underneath it, "dad, we will never forget you." we can't forget his father, either. we can have other people in our country. we cannot have other people in our country who have to suffer the same fate these folks did. i care about civil liberties very much and i treasure our constitution, but we can protect our homeland and protect our civil liberties at the same time. what they did in washington dc to stop the nsa from collecting phone records has made the usa more vulnerable. understand what they were doing. they were collecting phone records. they were not monitoring your e-mail. none of that was happening. if you listen to senator paul, he would make you believe that was happening. none of it was happening. do you know what happened? they collect these phone records, they match them up on a
computer. if your phone number either called the number of a known terrorist or received a call from the number of a known terrorist, then, and only event, did someone like me and attorney goes to a court and ask for a war. then, and only that -- ask for a warrant. then, and only then, could we ask for a wiretap. that is because you are receiving calls from a known terrorist. with senator paul says get a warrant, that is how you do it -- that is what an ophthalmologist says about someone who knows nothing about the law. [applause] i don't blame him. they did not teach and that in ophthalmology school. they taught me that in law school. it is easy to say this stuff when you don't have responsibility of protecting the lives of the american people.
i had that responsibility for seven years in my state. there was not a day when i didn't think about the fact that one of those airplanes took off from an airport in my state, and that is the most ethnically diverse state in america. our state is a great way to hide, because you can find someone who looks and sounds like you anywhere in new jersey. believe me. we had to take this seriously. this lawlessness, everybody, it extended to other things. we now have sanctuary cities in this country where people who are here illegally can commit crimes with impunity and hide because the president of the united states refuses to enforce the law. we have states in this country where despite the fact that marijuana is illegal drug, people are allowed to buy it, sell it, smoke it with impunity, even though the federal books
still say that is against the law, because this president refuses to enforce the law. the fact is that the oath matters. the oath i took as governor of new jersey said i will enforce the laws of state of new jersey. not the ones i like. all the laws. this president does not have the right to enforce the laws he likes and not the ones he doesn't. that is why we have people getting killed in sanctuary cities, because he has refused to enforce the law. that is why we have lawlessness. you heard the governor of colorado talk about the loss of productivity. of course, man. [laughter] are we shocked? it is so -- you know, the fact is that laws matter. you want to change the law you don't like? that is fine. change the law.
go to congress. go to your state legislature. i don't want to be a dictator. i want to be a loyal servant of the law. in the end, that is what matters the most. we are a government of laws, not of men and women. you do not want us to become a government of men and women. you heard it said when bush was rampant in dictatorship is ok when you are the dictator. i will talk a lot about enforcing the law. enforcing the law would solve our problems with immigration. enforcing the law will solve our problems with productivity. enforcing the law will give everyone in this group tonight the comfort of knowing that you live under the blanket of a republic that has a president who will enforce the laws strictly and directly. all the laws.
that will extend around the world as well. world, shown through american leadership, can help make it a safer place. we are going to talk about that a lot. a lot. [applause] i'm going to stop now and go to your questions. in new jersey we have to have lots of rules that a townhall meeting. we have four of them. i found in new hampshire we only need one role. you just raise your hand and i call on you. don't yell out questions. i don't answer yelled out questions. it's not because i'm governor of forjersey or candidate president of the united states freedom i am a father of four. [laughter] as a father of four i have developed an acute ability to ignore things that are yelled at me. given that we are just coming off of five days of family
vacation, we are all six of us together. that sense right now is very finely honed after that. you raise your hands, as questions, and i am happy to answer them. yes, sir. there is a microphone coming for you. >> thank you, governor christie, for coming out tonight. as a resident of manchester i believe that every job, regardless of where they are born, should be an opportunity -- should be given opportunity to grow to their full potential. when we joined the country and private sector we can build the foundation for strong, independent people and independent nations. if elected, will you launch a presidential initiative on early global, early childhood development that focuses on non-nutrition and early childhood education so every
child not only survives but thrives? these children were someone's nephews,rother, nice, sons and daughters, and every parent wants the best for the children. gov. christie: i was just at an education summit today. we had it in new hampshire. a number of us went and spoke. the single is that most important economic security and national security issue of our time. ranked 20th ine science, 27th in man's around the world. -- in math around the world. you cannot be at that level and expect to be the number one economic and military power in the world. especially in our areas of great our educational
system is not doing well. we want to get children into the educational system as quickly as we can. we do it aggressively. each state has to look into their own. they have to set their priorities. what i would say as president is listen to you can invest now or invest later. if we don't invest now, if we do not invest now and we had children who fail, it is going to cost us a lot more later on to do it. i would be encouraged for everyone to do it. on a global basis, listen. america needs to be a leader in every way we can be. the president's role in that function is to be persuasive. is to speak to leaders of other countries and attempt to lead by example and persuade, and i think it is a very important thing to do. the last thing is nutrition. it is a sin that we have children and adults in america
--ry day i go to bed hungry every day that go to bed hungry in a country that has more than any other country in the world. there are ways for us to partner, as you suggested, with the government and private sector and charities to lessen the amount of hunger in our country. we know that children who are not well fed, it is almost impossible for them to learn. on that portion we have a lot of work to do at home before we do more work around the world. we will continue to help around the world that i think we have more work to do on the nutrition front at home and in partnership with private sector and with charities to be able to make sure we fill that gap of people who are hungry. when folks go to bed hungry in this country they become less productive citizens and quite frankly, i think it is a sin that is allowed to happen in a country with so much.
we should not have that happening. thanks for raising the issue. [applause] >> thank you. gov. christie: come on over. >> i know that you have said that you believe climate change israel. i was wondering if you think it is a real threat to our country and if you have any plans to fight it. -- climate change is real. i was wondering if you think it is a real threat to our country and if you have any plans to fight it. gov. christie: i believe climate change is happening and that humans are contributing to it. i believe that we are not the only ones contributing to it. climate changing is all the time. what do we do to make sure it a way thatange into does not benefit us?
i do not believe in the apocalypse of open quote an inconvenient truth." [applause] -- let mee you a hint give you a him. i think we need to reach clean air goals. there are people in china who cannot walk around without surgical masks. we don't want to have that situation in the united states. we shouldn't. in new jersey, we have met our clean air goals for the year 2020 and we get it while pulling out of something that you are still in here in new hampshire, called the regional gas house -- regional greenhouse gas initiative program, which is a tax. new jersey pulled out of it. pennsylvania never joined. we pulled out because i thought we could do without the tax. 53% of new jersey's electricity is generated by luke here -- by nuclear. we have to look at nuclear again.
we need to keep looking at nuclear. we can do it safely. if you stay on top of it and regulate, it can be done safely. electricityersey's is nuclear. you go to a bar and come back here maybe this weekend. you can win a bet with anybody. i guarantee. ask them to name the top three states in america in solar energy production. that everybodyis gets california and arizona. you are right. who is number three? the great garden state of new jersey. yes. no one will guess it. new jersey is number three in the country and the production of solar energy. we partnered with the private sector with tax credits and incentives to put in a program on solar energy.
we believe solar energy was the best alternative energy for us to invest in that people would buy and support and could be affected. we partnered with energy companies. we partnered with private business. now new jersey is the third largest source of solar energy in america. that is helping with our clean energy goals as well. we are now in the process of building three new gas-fired electricity plants. a cleaner burning fossil fuel. available to us is marcellus shale in pennsylvania. it has become less expensive. energy costs have gone down in new jersey 9% because we rely on natural gas. there are ways to reach clean air goals without making us noncomparative. it is going to make us more competitive in jobs where energy is a cost