Latest Half-True Fact-checks on Chris Christie Chris Christie stated on September 5, 2023 in a interview: Under Gov. Ron DeSantis, “in the last five years, spending has gone up 30%" in Florida. Chris Christie stated on July 19, 2016 in a speech at the Republican National Convention: Says "(Clinton) called President Assad a ‘reformer.’ She called Assad a ‘different kind of leader.’ " Chris Christie stated on November 10, 2015 in the fourth Republican presidential debate: Says the United States is in "the worst recovery from an economic recession since World War II." Chris Christie stated on July 6, 2015 in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "There’s now been three independent investigations (into the bridge scandal) all of which have said" that Christie did not have prior knowledge of or involvement in the lane closures. Chris Christie stated on June 26, 2013 in an interview on the "Ask The Governor" monthly radio call-in program: "Not one tax has been raised since I've been governor." Chris Christie stated on May 22, 2013 in A gubernatorial campaign television ad: "Jon Corzine, elected governor. Teams up with Barbara Buono. $1.2 billion sales tax increase? Passed. Most spending in state history? Passed. After Buono named budget chair, taxes and fees increase 23 times in just two years. State debt? Up $13.4 billion. Unemployment? Doubled." Chris Christie stated on May 1, 2013 in a TV ad: "Four balanced budgets in a row, with no new taxes for anyone. The best job growth in 12 years. Nearly 130,000 new private-sector jobs. Merit pay to reward New Jersey’s best teachers, and the most education funding ever." Chris Christie stated on April 22, 2013 in a statement on NJ101.5 FM's "Ask the Governor" program: "If anyone should know irresponsible it should be Senator Buono. She’s the one, her budget left us with a $2 billion budget deficit in fiscal 10 that I had to fix. Her mistakes. And for fiscal year 2011 an $11 billion budget deficit. Her mistakes, along with her partner Jon Corzine." Chris Christie stated on March 6, 2013 in a keynote speech to a commercial real estate group: Said the year before he took office, the state lost 119,000 private-sector jobs, labeling them "Corzine jobs losses of 2009." Chris Christie stated on February 4, 2013 in an interview on the “Late Show with David Letterman”: Says "in Katrina, they approved $60 billion within 10 days of the storm on a voice vote." Chris Christie stated on January 8, 2013 in a State of the State address: Says in fiscal year 2011, the state had "a projected $11 billion deficit." Chris Christie stated on October 24, 2012 in a campaign event in New Hampshire: Says New Jersey lost private-sector jobs between 2000 and 2009 because Democrats increased taxes, fees, regulations and state spending. Chris Christie stated on September 25, 2012 in a campaign event in New Hampshire: "The income tax that started at 2 percent under Governor Byrne is now 9 percent." Chris Christie stated on September 24, 2012 in a news conference: Says Ronald Reagan "was behind in the polls in 1980 going into the debate with Jimmy Carter and then turned around 10 days later and won 40 states." Chris Christie stated on August 28, 2012 in the keynote address at the Republican National Convention: Says the United States has "the world’s greatest health care system." Chris Christie stated on August 28, 2012 in a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa: Says they said "it was impossible to balance a budget at the same time, with an $11 billion deficit" and "we did it." Chris Christie stated on August 28, 2012 in a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa: Says "taxes were raised 115 times in the eight years before I became governor" and those increases were part of a "path that led to wealth and jobs and people leaving our state." Chris Christie stated on August 20, 2012 in a news conference: "I haven't raised taxes in the time I've been the governor of New Jersey." Chris Christie stated on July 2, 2012 in a speech before the state Legislature: Says "our 12 month job increase was the sixth highest in the nation." Chris Christie stated on February 23, 2012 in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program: Says he and President Barack Obama have the same position on gay marriage. Chris Christie stated on February 21, 2012 in his budget speech: Says private-sector job growth in 2011 "places New Jersey in the top third among all of the states." Chris Christie stated on January 17, 2012 in a video : Says "we’ve accomplished balancing two budgets without raising taxes. We’ve now created 60,000 new private-sector jobs. We’ve made government smaller." Chris Christie stated on October 19, 2011 in a radio interview: Says "these ‘Jersey Shore’ folks, they’re from New York." Chris Christie stated on October 4, 2011 in a press conference: Says "New Jersey's unemployment is significantly lower than it was when I got here. And we've created 50,000 new private sector jobs in the last 20 months after having lost 117,000 in the year before I got here." Chris Christie stated on September 27, 2011 in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: Says his administration balanced "two budgets with over $13 billion in deficits without raising taxes." Chris Christie stated on August 10, 2011 in a news conference in Belmar : "Since I introduced my budget -- first budget -- in March of 2010, we've created 50,000 new private-sector jobs for the people of this state." Chris Christie stated on July 12, 2011 in a radio ad: Says the state budget "doubled property tax credits for seniors and middle class New Jerseyans" and had "no tax increases for any New Jersey family for the second year in a row." Chris Christie stated on April 29, 2011 in a speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education: "When the union says I want to eliminate tenure, that’s not true."