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Gov. Chris Christie not shocked by low Congress approval

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news briefing for the Republican Governors Association (RGA) 2013 annual conference on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Christie was named the new RGA Chairman for 2014 during the conference. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

PHOENIX -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a moment away from a Friday meeting with Cindy McCain about sex trafficking to take a jab at both President Barack Obama and Congress.

Christie said Obama refuses to engage and Congress can't even talk to each other. He said he's not surprised Congress has an approval rating of 9 percent and that he would like to meet those who think Congress is doing a good job.

"I don't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican," he said. "You look at this and say 'I love this?' What's going on down there is fabulous and I want more of it? I'd love to get a slew of former federal agents who want something to do. Find that 9 percent."

Christie said there's no other way to look at the current state in Washington, D.C. as anything but an abject failure.

"Whether it's immigration reform or any of the other issues like tax reform or entitlement reform -- which we desperately need for this country to be secure long-term economically -- all of the difficult issues that need to be addressed, nobody wants to wants to address them. They're too busy fighting with each other."

Christie was in Phoenix as part of the Republican Governors Association Convention, which ran through Friday.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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