New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's relieved Republicans and Democrats have reached a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling and reduce spending by $2 trillion.
The Republican says his party was a positive influence on the fiscal conversation in Washington.
Christie had harsh words for President Barack Obama, saying the president appeared "absent'' for much of the debate.
Christie is often mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate despite repeated insistences that he's not running.
Christie says he doesn't know yet on how the federal spending cuts will affect the Garden State.
The 48-year-old says the United States' borrowing and spending habits are unsustainable.
Christie spoke at a senior citizens center in Hasbrouck Heights, where he announced a program to offer utility credits to low-income residents.