Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) told CNN’s Dana Bash on Monday that if we don’t get some people back to work we risk destroying the American way of life. In an interview on Bash’s podcast “The Daily DC Podcast,” the former governor said we are all searching for the perfect solution but need to acknowledge there are always going to be deaths no matter what. “Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can,” Christie said. “But the question is towards what end, ultimately? Are there ways that we can thread the middle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what.” “We sent our young men during World War II over to Europe, out to the Pacific, knowing, knowing that many of them would not come home alive,” he said. “And we decided to make that sacrifice because what we were standing up for was the American way of life. In the very same way now, we have to stand up for the American way of life.”
FMR. GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE (R-NJ): We’re all looking for the perfect solution and it drives me crazy quite frankly as I watch the news networks. Yours [CNN], MSNBC, FOX, and all of them, who have anchors that are out there saying things grimly about, well, we have to save every life we can. Well of course, everybody wants to save every life they can. But the question is towards what end, ultimately? Are there ways that we can thread the middle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what. And if we can do things to keep people in the mode of wearing masks, of wearing gloves, of, you know, distancing where appropriate. We’ve got to let some of these folks get back to work, because if we don’t we’re going to destroy the American way of life, and these families, and it will years and years before we can recover.
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