CARY - North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's press secretary said her boss was joking to make a point about gridlock when the Democrat suggested congressional elections be suspended for two years.

Perdue told a Rotary Club in Cary on Tuesday that people on Capitol Hill need to do a better job working together.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported she went on to say: "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them - whatever decisions they make - to just let them help this country recover."

Perdue spokeswoman Chris Mackey said Perdue was using hyperbole while responding to an audience question to highlight politicians who are more focused on winning elections, rather than serving the people.