Chris Christie to Warren Buffett: ‘write a check and shut up’


In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some harsh words for billionaire Warren Buffett, according to NPR.

While talking about his state’s efforts to lower taxes, Christie responded to Piers Morgan’s statement about Buffett “screaming to be taxed more,” with an abrupt, “Well, he should just write a check and shut up.”

Christie continued, “I'm tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he's got the ability to write a check — go ahead and write it.”

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Buffett has been outspoken in his support for a tax increase on the rich, who he feels can most afford it. In an editorial in The New York Times last summer, Buffett wrote: “While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as ‘carried interest,’ thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate.”

The Obama administration proposed the “Buffett Rule” which would make sure that those making more than $1 million a year would pay a higher share of their income than middle income households. In Sept., President Barack Obama said, “Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires. That's pretty straightforward,” according to CNN.

On Wednesday, Christie unveiled his $32.1 billion budget which included modest increases in funding for education, according to the Associated Press. In his speech, Christie said, “Why not cut income taxes for all New Jerseyans when our fiscal house is now in order.”

According to Bloomberg, Christie proposed a 10 percent income-tax cut for every resident of New Jersey, a plan that Democrats in his state say would favor the rich. For example, a family with an income of $50,000 would pay $80 less, while someone with an income of $1 million would pay $7,200 less.

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Here's the clip from CNN, with Gov. Christie talking to Piers Morgan:

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