He didn't say president, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did have a prescription for partisanship if he were the "ultimate ruler of the world."
"There are two places that, if I were the ultimate ruler of the world, that I would love to get rid of," Christie said during a recent visit to Arizona. "One is that bank of microphones that apparently is outside the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, where they all come to pontificate," Christie continued, calling those areas "the most dangerous 10 yards in Washington, D.C."
Christie explained that that's where congressional Democrats and Republicans come to fling terrible things at the other side.
"And the bank of microphones outside the West Wing of the White House, where they all come out after a pretend meeting and say awful things," Christie said. "I feel like if you could ban those two areas, you'd really start to make progress."
Christie had traveled to Arizona to speak about human trafficking with Cindy McCain at a McCain Institute event in November, in advance of New Jersey hosting the Super Bowl in 2014. The Super Bowl is "the biggest human trafficking event of the year in the United States," Christie explained. But McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also brought up the country's dysfunctional politics and Congress' low approval ratings. A Nov. 12 Gallup poll had lawmakers down to 9 percent approval, a number that actually surprised Christie.
"I would love to get a whole slew of former federal agents who are now retired and want something to do. 'I want you to find the 9 percent,'" Christie said. "I want you to find the 9 percent of people who go, 'I love this. This is good. What's going on down there right now? Fabulous! I want more of it.'"
Christie quickly ticked off Congress' problems: they don't talk to each other, they don't pass anything, the majority tramples the minority, the minority obstructs the majority. When you're a governor, Christie added, this behavior wouldn't fly.
"If I was in the corner, holding my breath and saying, 'I don't agree with them, they don't agree with me. To hell with it. I'm going to play golf, I'm going to raise some money, I'll put out some pithy press releases, and then I'm done,' I would be done," Christie said. "My rear end would be on the curb at the next election, and rightfully so."