New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hit President Barack Obama Monday morning, saying he needs to actually take responsibility for the rise of ISIS instead of blaming their rapid ascent on the intelligence community, as he did Sunday night to Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes.”
“He used word ‘they.’ He said ‘they’ underestimated it. You can’t say ‘they’ underestimated, Mr. President,” Christie told CBS’s Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday. “‘We’ underestimated: His administration, he underestimated. And, you know, you need to be accountable for those things.”
“You are not always directly responsible, but you need when you are the leader to be accountable,” he said.
King asked Christie, in turn, about his critic’s contention that he used the word “they” when the Bridgegate scandal emerged, even though he’s been cleared for the time being by the Dept. of Justice.
“I’m accountable. While I didn’t know it happened, it happened on my watch, and I am accountable,” Christie said.
“I stood up the day after it all came public and said, ‘I’m accountable. While I didn’t know it happened, it happened on my watch, and I am accountable.'”
“And I stood up for an hour and fifteen minutes…” the potential 2016 candidate continued.
“I remember,” noted the CBS co-host.
“…And answered questions, and never once have I scurried from my accountability,” Christie added.