Christie: Tea Party Has Had "Influence" On Party; Deserves A Voice At The Table


Norah O'Donnell: This morning I asked Christie if he thinks the Tea Party has too much clout in the GOP.

Gov. Christie: No, I don't. I think they've had influence. I think everybody who comes to the table in the Republican Party should have a voice. Everybody should have a voice. And I don't think they've had too much influence--

O'Donnell: You don't think that's why the House Republicans have not been able to get to the fiscal cliff deal?

Christie: Listen, I think there's so many reasons why they couldn't -- and a lot of them are personal. And I talked about this in my press conference. I think they get into these toxic competitions with each other. And these internal palace intrigue things that happen. And don't look at me puzzled, Charlie --

O'Donnell: You mean Cantor and Boehner?

Christie: I wouldn't limit it to just that. There is competition among all the folks in that room.

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