I want to thank the President personally for all his assistance as w recover from the storm.—
Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012
Twitter has been buzzing since this morning over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s praise of President Obama’s assistance during Hurricane Sandy. In addition to his tweets expressing gratitude to Obama, Christie also made the morning talk show rounds to update Americans on his state’s situation and to thank the president for his “outstanding” leadership.
Christie said he spoke with Obama three times on Monday, including at midnight, when Obama agreed to speed along an major disaster declaration for New Jersey without all the “normal FEMA mumbo jumbo.” The declarations for New Jersey and New York were issued this morning.
“The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit,” Christie said. “I’ve been on the phone with him, like I said, yesterday, personally three times. He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call him if I needed anything. And he absolutely means it.”
“I spoke to the president three times yesterday,” Christie said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “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.”
Liberals fawned over Christie’s embrace of “bipartisanship”:
And several gloated over Christie’s praise of FEMA, seizing upon the false assertion that Mitt Romney would eliminate federal disaster relief aid.
Christie’s praise of Obama left a bad taste in many conservatives’ mouths:
Some saw it as a diss of Mitt Romney and his efforts to contribute to disaster relief:
But a few people pointed out that Christie was only responding as would be expected given that his state is receiving federal aid:
And that Christie is merely grateful that the president is doing his job:
Though Christie’s effusive praise for Obama may not be politically motivated, there’s no doubt that it could have some political impact, particularly with Election Day only one week out.
We can certainly agree with Governor Christie when he stresses the importance of coping with Hurricane Sandy and getting on the road to recovery. We continue to pray for those affected by this disaster.