President Obama was praised by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on October 30 for his leadership and cooperation in response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
In an appearance on CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” on the morning after the catastrophic storm slammed the state of New Jersey, Gov. Christie did not hold back at all in commending Obama’s handling and coordination of the federal government’s emergency response.
“I spoke to the president three times yesterday. He has been incredibly supportive and helpful to our state and not once did he bring up the election. So if he’s not bringing it up, you can be sure that people in New Jersey are not worried about that primarily if one of the guys running isn’t,” Christie told CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien.
On Tuesday morning’s edition of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Christie hailed President Obama’s response to the storm’s aftermath in New Jersey by announcing:
“The president has been all over this, and he deserves great credit. He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything, and he absolutely means it. It’s been very good working with the president and his administration. It’s been wonderful.”
Christie also used the social media site Twitter to express his gratitude and approval of Obama’s cooperation in helping the citizens of the state recover from the devastating impact of the storm.
Early in the morning of October 30, Gov. Christie tweeted, “I want to thank the President personally for all his assistance as we recover from the storm.”
“The president has been outstanding in this,” Christie told NBC’s Today Show, according to USA Today.
The newfound appreciation for President Obama’s leadership skills during a crisis stands in stark contrast to many of Gov. Christie’s previous remarks about the president.
During his keynote speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, Christie suggested Obama was following popularity polls instead of leading the nation.
Christie even closed his RNC address by saying, “I know we can be the men and women our country calls on us to be tonight. I believe in America and her history, and there’s only one thing missing now. Leadership. It takes leadership that you don’t get from reading a poll. You see, Mr. President, real leaders do not follow polls. Real leaders change polls.”
In another Tuesday morning television appearance on Fox News Channel’s program “Fox and Friends”, Christie showed his statement about leaders not following polls wasn’t merely bluster by forcefully condemning any interest in helping the candidate he is supporting in the election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
When asked if he might tour the damage with Romney in New Jersey, Christie said, “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I have a job to do in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. I could care less about any of that stuff… If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”
Christie’s first-term as New Jersey governor ends in January 2014, and he is up for re-election, if he chooses to remain in office, a year from now in November 2013.
Steven Holmes is the Los Angeles Political Buzz Examiner.
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