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Chris Christie says no one in Washington will escape government shutdown unscathed

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie asserted that Americans are sick and tired of both political parties in Washington, D.C., as the government shutdown continues in its third week.

"I can tell you, from the people I speak to out in the country, they're tired of it, they're really tired of it, they're tired of both parties and no one's gonna come out of this unscathed in Washington, nor should they," Christie said.

Christie's remarks came during an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren at a Points of Light charity event in Washington.

While the rest of America continues to do good things around the country, Christie said that Washington, D.C., disappoints.

"They should be getting their job done, and they're not, and both sides are a disappointment," Christie said.

Christie said that a big part of the problem in Washington is that political leaders refuse to talk to each other on a regular basis or develop relationships across party lines.

"We saw this thing coming for months, and everybody plays brinkmanship, doesn't talk to each other, and it's an awful thing," he said.

Christie said that the government shutdown had not affected New Jersey, but that it might affect the state's recovery from Hurricane Sandy if it continues.

"So far, so good — it hasn't," he said. "But if this is a very elongated closure, it could start to do that."

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