Chris Christie: Americans Need To Accept Deaths to Reopen Economy

Chris Christie is no stranger to catastrophic events. He served as the Governor of New Jersey when Superstorm Sandy destroyed homes and businesses and devastated the economy. His response to that event drew praise from both sides of the the political aisle.

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The former Republican presidential hopeful, though, is unlikely to receive bipartisan credit on his recent comments. During a podcast interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, he said that In order to reopen the economy, Americans are going to have to accept many more deaths.

Christie made the comments during a podcast interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. He told the host, “Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can ― but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?Are there ways that we can  thread the middle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what?”

The former governor then compared COVID-19 to World War II. “We sacrificed those lives. We sent our young men during WWII over to Europe, out to the Pacific, knowing, knowing that many of them would not come home alive. And we decided to make that sacrifice because what we were standing up for was the American way of life. In the very same way now, we have to stand up for the American way of life.”

Christie’s comments were slammed by Politico’s Matt Friedman, who tweeted, “Christie’s lowest approval rating (14%) was still a bit higher than the percentage of N.J. residents who think the stay-at-home order goes too far (11%).”

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