NJ Governor Christie urges Congress to abandon its budget caps and boost defense spending, telling a New Hampshire audience ''We need to fix this.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, urgeS Congress to abandon its budget caps and boost defense spending in news conference in New Hampshire. Christie criticized spending limits required by the 2011 Budget Control Act, which Congress passed to bring federal spending under control and end a political standoff over raising the government debt limit. "We need to fix this," he said. Christie has not formally announced a White House campaign, but he has made numerous appearances in New Hampshire, which holds one of the Republican party's first presidential nominating contests. He has made a series of speeches to highlight his policy ideas, including plans to curb spending on Social Security and Medicare. The governor has faced political turmoil in New Jersey, where two former Christie allies were indicted and another pled guilty to charges related to a 2013 scandal involving a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge.