The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, shocked newspaper readers today when he praised President Obama for his response to Fraken-storm Sandy. Christie is an outspoken Romney supporter, so his praise of the President creates a roadblock to Romney’s current momentum and a complete 180-degree turn from his previous descriptions of the President. When asked about Romney’s potential disaster tour of New Jersey, Christie said the following:
I have no idea [whether he will tour], 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,” Mr. Christie said. “If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.
Through this statement, Christie shows that he actually cares about the people he was elected to serve by focusing on which strategies will save his constituents instead of partisan politics. (A novel concept!) After his statement, however, Republicans criticized him for praising Obama. After FEMA’s disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina, it’s difficult to swallow partisan-based criticism for a better-run response to Sandy. At what point do parties realize that people on the other side of the aisle actually do good work sometimes? (This is a problem that affects both Democrats and Republicans equally.) No wonder people drop politics classes – this stuff could make you lose your entire faith in the human race…