Chris Christie Praises Obama Sandy Response
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been working tirelessly to ensure Barack Obama is a one-term president but has been effusive in praising Obama's leadership during Hurricane Sandy.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been working tirelessly to ensure Barack Obama is a one-term president but has been effusive in praising Obama’s leadership during Hurricane Sandy.
The Hill (“Gov. Christie praises Obama response to Hurricane Sandy as ‘outstanding’“):
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) praised President Obama’s work to help states battered by Hurricane Sandy as “outstanding” Tuesday, but cautioned that the recovery would be a prolonged effort.
Christie, a prominent surrogate for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, said Obama had moved quickly to help designate his state a disaster area to better expedite federal assistance.
“The federal government’s response has been great. I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president, personally, he has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area,” said Christie, in an interview with NBC’s “Today.”
“Last night, I was on the phone with FEMA at 2 a.m. this morning to answer the questions they needed answered to get that designation and the president has been outstanding in this. The folks at FEMA, [Administrator] Craig Fugate and his folks have been excellent,” he continued.
In a separate interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Christie added to the praise, saying that “the president has been all over this and deserves great credit.” ”He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything,” he added.
Obama is going to win New Jersey by a large margin regardless. But it’s good to see politics put aside for a few minutes during national crises.
Update (Doug Mataconis): This interview of Christie by Fox’s Steve Doocy is particularly revealing. Doocy tries to steer Christie into a discussion about politics and Christie won’t take the bait:
That video is posted on the Governor’s official YouTube page.