From yesterday's Meet the Press, Governor Christie of New Jersey: "smaller government, less spending, less regulation, lower taxes. That's what the public is saying that they want....In New Jersey what we did was we cut spending in every department, a 9 percent cut in real spending, not projected spending, real spending year over year. Find another state that did that and, and we'll go and talk about it. I mean, we made real hard decisions, and I cut some programs that we would've liked to have kept."
More: "the core that drives the tea party, in my view, are those four principles I talked about before--less spending, smaller government and less intrusive government, lower regulation, and lower taxes. And when Republicans are at their best, those are our core principles. And so I think that, at bottom, it's a positive influence."
MR. GREGORY: Tax cuts. You've got a millionaires tax in New Jersey, which I know that you're opposed to.
GOV. CHRISTIE: Not anymore, we don't.
MR. GREGORY: Not anymore because...
GOV. CHRISTIE: No.
MR. GREGORY: ...you vetoed it.
GOV. CHRISTIE: Yes.