What surprised me the most was when my husband told me that our bombastic, bullying Republican governor Chris Christie had offered praise for President Barack Obama at a news conference. Saying he had had a “good conversation” with Obama on Monday afternoon, Christie then said:
“He told me that if at any point over the next 48 hours I was not getting something from the federal government, that I should call him directly at the White House and that he was going to be there and that I should not worry about dealing with anybody else.”
On Tuesday morning, Christie kept singing the praises of the president, telling NBC that Obama’s relief efforts have been “outstanding” and that he “deserves great credit.” But he saved the best for a segment on Fox News:
“I spoke to the president three times yesterday. He called me for the last time at midnight last night asking what he could do. I said, if you can expedite designating New Jersey as a major disaster area that that would help us to get federal money and resources in here as quickly as possible to help clean up the damage here.”
“The president was great last night. He said he would get it done. At 2 a.m., I got a call from FEMA to answer a couple of final questions and then he signed the declaration this morning. So I have to give the president great credit. He’s been on the phone with me three times in the last 24 hours. He’s been very attentive, and anything that I’ve asked for, he’s gotten to me. So, I thank the president publicly for that. He’s done — as far as I’m concerned — a great job for New Jersey.”
When Fox News co-host Steve Doocy asked Christie if he might appear at any “storm-related events with GOP contender Mitt Romney,” Christie replied that he was not the “least bit concerned or interested” as “I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could [sic] care less about any of that stuff.”
All campaigning for next week’s presidential election has been suspended due to Sandy. But Christie seems to still be hard at work – stumping for Obama.
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