The New Jersey Governor also said the ''most fortunate'' shouldn't take a Social Security check. He made the comments as Republican candidates square off at New Hampshire forum. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) New Jersey Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie said it's not the American people failing the country's entitlement system. He said it's "the leaders of our country who are failing the American people by not telling them the truth." He made the comments as Republican presidential candidates, with the exception of Donald Trump, test their messages in New Hampshire at a forum on Monday (August 3) broadcast on C-SPAN. Fourteen of the 17 candidates faced off in Manchester, N.H. for the Voters Issues Forum at Saint Anselm College. Each candidate was asked questions by a moderator based on a random draw. Most of the leaders in the Republican field participated, including Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, but not poll leader Trump, who declared he would not attend in outrage over a critical editorial published by the Union Leader, the Manchester newspaper that is one of the sponsors of the event. The forum will allow candidates to see how they do against each other ahead of the first official Republican debate of the 2016 season on Thursday night in Cleveland. Others not planning to attend the forum are former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who entered the race last week.