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Christie: Neither party will emerge 'unscathed' in Washington after budget fight

N.J. governor says the people are tired of both parties' dysfunction in Washington, reflects on monster storm Sandy one year later and his Points of Light honor


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blames both political parties for the fiscal crisis in Washington, telling Fox News' Greta Van Susteren neither side will emerge "unscathed" in the eyes of voters.

Christie, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said on "On the Record" Monday "both sides are a disappointment" in the ongoing fight over the partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

"This is part of the whole problem with what they’re engaged in right now. They’re hired to run the government, not to close it and they should be getting their job done but they’re not and both sides are a disappointment," he said.

Christie added he believes voters are blaming both Republicans and Democrats equally for their inability to compromise on a solution.

"They don’t talk to each other on a regular basis," he said. "They don’t develop relationships across party lines. They don’t begin to even think about these things until there’s a crisis that they themselves created because of their own behavior. And it’s a lack of leadership on both parties.

"We saw this thing coming for months and everybody plays brinksmanship, doesn’t talk to each other and it’s an awful thing. And I can tell you from the people I speak to out in the country – they’re tired of it. They’re really tired of it. And they’re tired of both parties and no one’s going to come out of this unscathed in Washington nor should they."