New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sat down with Jon Stewart on Thursday night’s episode of The Daily Show to debate Republican political philosophy, the rise of “big government,” and progress regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Ongoing Sandy relief efforts have sparked controversy in political circles, something that Christie and Stewart talked about in-depth at a few points during the sometimes-tense discussion.
The interview started off with some Bruce Springsteen bonding time (Christie recently met the rocker at President Obama’s request) but moved to the topic of federal assistance needed in New Jersey to help with Sandy clean-up efforts. Christie and Stewart debated whether his need for federal assistance contradicts with the conservative political perspective.
To drive the point home, Stewart brought up Christie’s rejection of the healthcare exchanges bill for New Jersey, saying that an individual’s healthcare problems are similar to the statewide Sandy destruction. “If you have cancer and you don’t have insurance, that’s Hurricane Sandy,” Stewart explained.
Stewart also criticized the GOP of only caring about issues that affect them directly, a point that Christie disagreed with. “Republicans like to have the free market, or capitalism, run things except when they believe that government is the only way to solve the problem.”
You can watch the entire interview between Jon Stewart and Chris Christie below, via Comedy Central: