Chris Christie: Nobody in America cares about House speakership

GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie has a simple view on the turmoil in the House.

"Nobody in America cares," the New Jersey governor told CNBC's "Squawk Box." "Don't sit there and lecture us about how you make the sausage. How about somebody in the congressional leadership stands up and tells us what they are going to do?"

Congressional leaders have been scrambling to find the next House speaker after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled out of the race last Thursday.

McCarthy's announcement left just two candidates officially running, but speculation still surrounds other House members, particularly Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

"Although he's ruled himself out, it's very clear he's reconsidering," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Saturday. "The fact is, his time is now."

Christie said "the 45-year-old construction worker who's trying to raise his family could care less."

"Real Americans do not care. They care about the Russians in Syria, Iran developing a nuclear weapon, 'I can't find a job,' 'my kid is loaded with student debt,' and these jokers in Washington, D.C., are talking about who's going to get the big office. ... That's why we need term limits and get these people out of here," he said.

Christie also said the Federal Reserve should have raised rates a long time ago.

"It's bad because we have nothing left in the toolbox," he said. "We've had the ... worst recovery from a recession since World War II. What happens if we have a downturn? You can't go below zero."

The Fed voted to keep interest rates at near-zero percent at its September meeting.