Governor Chris Christie Gives Obama Praise, and Deserves Praise Himself
I must confess: I have not liked the New Jersey governor because of his consistent rudeness. However, he has just moved up the scale as a politician and especially as a Republican politician, thanks to his remarks made over the networks and cable TV, giving President Barack Obama praise for his response to emergency assistance after Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in New Jersey.
The governor told NBC “Today” that, “The president has been outstanding in this. The folks at FEMA … have been excellent.”
Gov. Christie later at a news conference said, “I don’t give a damn about Election Day. It doesn’t matter a lick to me at the moment,” adding “I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”
This is exactly the kind of politician we need and the New Jersey governor is a refreshing reminder of the days that politics were entirely forgotten about when the country needed its leaders in a disaster the size of Hurricane Sandy. I have no idea if his comments will throw votes Obama’s way, though undecided independent voters — those who are still making up their minds — may be swayed to some degree. I do think he will see his approval rating go up some because of his appraisal of the president. Still, he may also anger some of the right-wing of his party but it’s about time someone did.
The governor has been a firm critic of the president recently since he has been a top surrogate for the president’s opponent, Mitt Romney. Christie has criticized Obama’s ability to lead, blaming him for Washington’s gridlock, but his words now show he possibly has reconsidered his view of the president.
Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it has left in its path should be a reminder to all of us that there is a time that we should drop our partisan politics and realize that we are all Americans and some of our fellow Americans can use a hand through this difficult time. Governor Christy has shown true leadership by his ability to step up to the plate when it comes to giving credit where credit is due. He also shows where his heart is in the middle of this horrific storm in his state, and that is with the people of New Jersey.
In perspective, it would be so good for the nation if our elected leaders would work together, and with respect, which seems so lacking in these days of American politics.
Governor Chris Christy may not get my vote if he chooses to run for president in 2016, but I most assuredly will consider him well.