Christie concedes political risks in pushing Social Security reform

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in ManchesterBy James Oliphant LONDONDERRY, N.H. (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is making cutting Social Security and Medicare the centerpiece of a possible presidential campaign, conceded on Wednesday that he is taking a risk with the proposal. “There is no political upside to it,” the Republican told more than 200 local residents who gathered to size up Christie ahead of a summit of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates this weekend. In a speech a day earlier, Christie proposed cutting Social Security benefits for some upper-income seniors, raising the eligibility age over time, and increasing premiums for Medicare, the healthcare program for the elderly. His brief political circuit in New Hampshire, which holds an influential early nominating contest, is billed as the “Tell It Like It Is” tour.

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