September 28, 2022
New Jersey gas station patrons react to Jimmy Kimmel's interview with Joe Biden in which the president cited the economy's success and criticized Republicans.

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Americans at a Garden State gas station Thursday shared their thoughts on President Biden touting the economic conditions in the U.S. during his interview with Jimmy Kimmel. 

“I think inflation is really going to hurt the economy going forward,” Tom, of New Jersey, told Fox News. “Doesn’t seem to be stopping, and oil and gas, I don’t see that mitigating, so it’s going to hurt.”

But Luis, also from New Jersey, said: “I do believe we grow very fast over here in the U.S. … so I would agree somewhat with him.” 

Biden’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday night marked his first network interview in 118 days. Biden promoted the success of the economy but said inflation is the “bane of our existence.”

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Biden's first major interview in over 100 days was with comedian Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden’s first major interview in over 100 days was with comedian Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) ((Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images))

Some were unsure about the economy’s success, but felt the everyday impact from rising prices. 

“I’m not sure how great the economy is going,” Hemish, of Brooklyn, said. “But I do know inflation is very high and everybody is frustrated.”

NJ resident reacts to President Biden's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" interview (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

NJ resident reacts to President Biden’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” interview (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

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Inflation rose to a 40-year record high in 2022, according to the Department of Labor. 

“Times are really tough right now with the gas prices going up, and every item when I go food shopping is 20% more post-COVID,” Kathy, a New Jersey resident, told Fox News.

A Brooklyn resident tells Fox News Biden has had success reducing student loan debt (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

A Brooklyn resident tells Fox News Biden has had success reducing student loan debt (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

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During the spot with the comedian, Biden took a swipe at former President Trump, teased potential executive orders regarding abortion and said the White House has had major successes that it hasn’t communicated well. 

Tom said he couldn’t name a major success Biden had scored.

“Nor can Joe,” Tom told Fox News. “He goes on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’—like c’mon, he’s the president of the United States. He’s desperate.”