Skip to comments.NJ governor pledges to vote Romney despite praising Obama
Posted on 11/04/2012 8:37:51 PM PST by Qbert
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended his praise for President Barack Obama after superstorm Sandy, but said he would stick with his fellow Republicans and vote for Mitt Romney in Tuesday's election.
"I endorsed Mitt Romney 13 months ago because I thought he was the best guy for the job," Christie said on Sunday during a news conference, reaffirming his support for the Republican candidate.
But support for Romney does not mean that he cannot appreciate the "good job" that Obama did while responding to the historical storm that hit the U.S. Northeast last week, Christie said. Sandy knocked out power to some 2.4 million New Jersey residents.
Christie, a popular governor widely seen as a possible Republican presidential contender in 2016, had frustrated some in the Romney campaign who feared he had given what could be a critical boost to Obama, a Democrat.
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oooo....nuance! Some people are so smart they can be on both sides of an issue, for something before they’re against it, and praise someone you’re going to vote against.
Too late, fatso. When the future of the free world is at stake, if you don’t have something negative to say, don’t say anything at all. There is a big picture here...
Walk it back all you want Gov Kristie Kreme. As far as republicans and conservatives go, you just earned yourself the title of one term governor.
Too late Crispy. You have become persona non grata in the Republican Party.
If Mitt loses, you are 100% responsible.
It would have been one thing if Obama had actually done a good job, but Christie knows that’s not the case.
Chris Christie is an ass. He may have added anywhere from 2-3 points to Obama with his stupid asinine comments praising Obama for doing that he’s supposed to do and they were only words not actions.
I sure wish we could fix all of the world’s problems with just one half hour helicopter ride. I mean, the “messiah” flew over the disaster area and everything was solved. Fluking amazing!
No forgiveness ever for the walking coronary. And his speech at the convention was a self serving embarrassment too.
even if a reasonable person could say he only was trying to get help for his state, and even if you could say he was elected to help his state not the us, then, he just got unlucky, because he definately looks like a hothead who coud turn on his party and cant be trusted.
as mike singletary said, “can’t win with him, i want winners”.
The tough talking governor could not handle a crisis. He had an emotional breakdown. It is understandable but it shows he is not suitable for a larger office. Any national aspirations he had will not happen unless he becomes a Democrat. The Modern Democratic Party does not seem to mind having weak leaders.
I’m not defending CC. He committed a political no-no. However, I—and many of us—liked him precisely because of his blunt, tell-you-what-he-think style. So, perhaps he was impressed at the speed of 0bama’s team responding to the hurricane last week, even if 0bama’s motivation was simply to make good photo-ops. So, I wouldn’t be calling him traitor or anything like that. Reckless politician, may be.
I was a huge CC fan. I was moved by his speech at the Reagan library... I especially remember when a mother of a teenage girl pleaded with him to run for the love of country...
I admit I am more of a social liberatarian and fiscally and militarily hawkish and so I fancied CC as being in the mold of a Guiliani.
regardless of our differences... it is an absolute no brainer that King Hussein must be defeated. CC could have been polite and cordial to barry but to go overboard and humiliate himself like he did...
I will never ever forget this betrayal.
I will never vote for CC. He is finished in the GOP as far as I am concerned.
I hope you (Christie) or one of your staff are reading these comments, because you need to know your fate with conservatives is sealed. You sir, are scum. Just as Bart Stupack became a traitor to the pro-life movement with his support of Obamacare, you are a traitor to all conservatives. I cannot WAIT to work against your re-election. This will be fun.
It has left a very bad feeling. His “apology” speech today was so backhanded it should’ve been left unsaid. anyone gleaning anything positive from it for Romney was under the influence of a mood-altering substance.
He is not up to the task.
I wonder when his champion Anne Coulter is going to come out and opine on this disgrace. He has proven himself sophomoric.
"Chris Christie is an ass. He may have added anywhere from 2-3 points to Obama with his stupid asinine comments praising Obama for doing that hes supposed to do and they were only words not actions."
Yeah, but Obama threw it all away with his bizarre "revenge" comment, and his divisive, hyper-partisan speeches this weekend.
My thinking is, just what is Christie supposed to do? He needs certain Federal resources and waivers. His state was just hit by a hurricane that communities there have no experience in dealing with, (unlike a state like Florida). The damage was dramatic. The emotional pain of the folks and towns that lost everything was even more dramatic.
Christie needed to strike for Federal Largess while the iron was hot. In a few days the cameras will be gone and so will the attention given the area. Communities like Seaside and a whole host of others will be relegated to the local news.
It will be a very long, years, if not decades long process to bring back what was lost. In a sense, the folks that lost their homes due to fire in Breezy Point New York, have it made. They will be covered, but those that lost their homes due to flooding will not. This will wipe out a great many families and communities.
So Christie gave the President a photo op. He made Obama look presidential. Well, Obama SHOULD go to the stricken areas. Christie needed to stress the assets he needed for his state right now. He had a chance to bend the Federal Ear. Hopefully he used that time well.
But now Obama owns the hurricane after the inevitable gov’t response. Afterall, there is only so much a President can do. And, perhaps Christie gave Obama the rope to hang himself. After praising the President, everyone that is cold and hungry and without shelter can look to Obama for the cause of their misery. After all Obama took ownership.
As a reporter many years ago and in a different life, I met Bush the Elder in Santa Cruz and Mrs Quayle in Watsonville after the Quake of 1989. It is important for the folks in Washington D.C. get out and see for themselves, what nature hath wrought. It was these people that voted them in office (perhaps), it was these communities that gave the mantle of power to the office holder.
Donald Trump needs to go talk to that boy.
Stop saying Obama’s a nice man because he’s not.
Is this the SNL skit??????
Exactly! For the past 5 years Obama has been Katrina this and Katrina that and look at the mess NY and NJ is in.
“. . .his tell-you-what-he-think style. So, perhaps he was impressed at the speed of 0bamas team responding to the hurricane last week. . .”
One- He did not tell anyone what he thought - it was pure feeling
two- More from the first point; BO DID Nothing! Not one thing. His schedule that day looked like that of a substitute middle schoool teacher. He did absolutely nothing and if he did do something we are ready to hear wha tit was but the answer won’t come.
People know there are comparisons of this to Bush’s Katrina. We were critical of him not for not doing anything, because there is nothing for the president to do, but for not playing their game.
That gowes both ways. We are watching and comparing. No way would Bush get away with going there, making the gove schooze than doin gnothing and the next day fly off to VEGAS to party with jayzee.
Christie condoned and endorsed and approved and championed all of that so he is not going to be able to bounce back from it in any way that I can see.
Kiss off Chris. Your credibility is shot.
It didn't seen to change Kathleen Blanco's public opinion of George W Bush
Who’s the next conservative governor south of Tea Party Gov. LePage in Maine? I no longer consider Christie a friend to republicans.
What specifically did Obama do that was a “good job”?
"It would have been one thing if Obama had actually done a good job, but Christie knows thats not the case."
Christie is putting his credibility on the line. When FEMA is running out of water, etc., and the man who was so quick to heap praise on the president is now strangely quiet, it's going to raise a lot of doubt in people's minds about him.
Here’s my pledge, Governor Fat Jerk, I will never, ever vote for you, so help me God.
Amen!! Same here!
Kathleen Blanco was/is an idiot. But then Bronco should have stuck around for a few days to make certain that Federal resources are being delivered in the right places.
Now, I understand that the Federal Government can only do so much after a disaster. While Christie may have made an overly effusive statement at the moment because Bronco decided to look presidential for 20 minutes or so, he traded his “compliment” for what he perceived as needed resources. is Christie beholden to his state, or to his “party”. Obviously we see that he was beholden to his state.
If Christie made his comment a year ago, would the reaction be the same as it is now? I think not. It is the political season that puts “everything” under the microscope to fill the 24 hour news cycle.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not a Christie Fan Boy, hell, I don’t even live on the East Coast. I just think this is all much ado. After Romney wins on Tuesday, everyone can relax a bit and re-gain their breath before cleaning out the stench filled horse stalls of the Obama administration
Fat boy self destructed. Purge the RINO.
Little Chrisie’s nose is out of joint. He was SO CLOSE to being Romney’s VP -
Looks like we missed a bullet there. We don’t need fair weather friends. I’m thinking it was the Establishment oeratives that were pushing Christie - but Romeny went for a more solid man...
this bodes well. It indicates Romney will be his own man - and we know he can’t be bribed - he’s given away more money and worked for free for years (No salary as Gov., gave away 1.8 million salary that went with the 3 years saving the Olympics, worked 10+ years as Bishop of his church without salary (thats sandard), turning away millions. ..so he can’t be bought.
“My thinking is, just what is Christie supposed to do? He needs certain Federal resources and waivers.”
We the People do not bow to elected officials. Fema money is not BOs to hand out; Bush knew this, which is why he gave NO $ even though the gov’t officials there did the opposite of bowing to him. BO is not Mellon or Carnegie or even Trump. It is not his money and not his choice and when he takes it as such as he did to R Perry in Texas and pulled funding form the fires it is corruption.
“His state was just hit by a hurricane that communities there have no experience in dealing with, (unlike a state like Florida). The damage was dramatic.”
Ugh! It is half shoreline, not counting the islands and the Bays. Bay Head was overrun with 12 to 18 inches of water in homes from Barnegat Bay. And many have flood insurance. In any case, anyone there, especially the gov., who does NOT anticipate such an event is silly.
Florida does not own hurricaines, nor does Texas, La, SO Carolina.
Two of my New Yorker sisters are named after hurricaines which hit in the 50s and 60s.
Read up on the Hurricaine of 1938 which flooded Providence RI after ravaging LI.
"Too late, fatso. When the future of the free world is at stake, if you dont have something negative to say, dont say anything at all. There is a big picture here..."
What's done is done. I wasn't pleased about it... but at the same time, it's important to not let the media play us for fools with this "Obama is surging with independents because of Sandy" nonsense. If the country is really to the point where people will overlook four disastrous years, and vote for a president mostly because he visited a state for an hour and shook somebody's hand... then the country is lost. But I highly doubt that.
Besides, the Sandy situation is slowly turning into another debacle...
And what good work was that besides showing up for a photo-op?
LePage is everything everyone THOUGHT CC was - and more. I've been saying this for months. LePage is the real deal. And he's SOLID. He would not fall apart in a crisis. Nor would he kiss the devil's a - ah, rear - when things got tough.
You see Barack Obama. Chris Christie sees a Slim Jim with ears.
Chris told Barack, “Mr. President, my doctor put me on a low-fat diet. What’s your BMI?”
"Good job"? What did he do, exactly?? Walk around for a bit, fake a concerned expression, then hop a plane and hit Vegas? My friend and fellow Freeper in NJ wants to know where the gas is. I'm going to overnight her a gas can so she can slog around and try to find a couple of gallons. So tell me, Christie, just what "GOOD JOB" has Obama done? Or YOU, for that matter?
The Pre-emptive praise was stupid.
What good job did he do? He showed up for a photo-op and a Governor licked his toes.
Just for the record: I am not looking to the media for this one. I watched him live on camera during the end of the election of the future of our country gushing about this man who is in the middle of stonewalling about leaving the ambassador and his embassy team to be killed. Gushing about him for his role in the cleanup of the Hurricaine in which he has done nothing and was about to fly off to Vegas to party which he did and whic, if Bush had done the same he’d be attacked beyond recognition.
I cannot look at Christie, so you can be certain I am not allowing the media to inform me on this.
Obama called Christie and said, "I've got Fudge!!!!!! Hershey's Chocolate Kisses......We're talkin' Haagen Dazs here, what do you say?"
You mention FEMA running out of water, etc -
Back at the beginning of the year, FEMA spent 1 BILLION dollars for 140 MILLION meals - dehyrated food - for emmergency situations.
They’re sitting on millions of dollars worth of food - and people are starving. Someone needs to start screaming!
Just WHAT and WHO are they stockpiling that food for - is it stored with the Dept of HS’s 450 million hollow point bullets that they claim is only “for target practice” - Hollow points are not for target practice - unless the target is human.
Yep, he makes me thoroughly sick.
That’s a good one.
>>I wonder when his champion Anne Coulter is going to come out and opine on this disgrace. He has proven himself sophomoric.<<
Ann Coulter is a disgrace herself, uttering the STUPID remark in 2010 about “If we don’t nominate Christie we’ll get Romney and we’ll lose.”
Then she went on Bill Maher’s show and said her fling with Christie was like a fling with a biker.
Anyone who gives that emaciated, egotistical shrew any credibility after that needs their head examined.
Did she say that?!
Ann Coulter says that if we dont run Chris Christie for President, then Romney will win the nomination and well lose in 2012:
ANN COULTER (on Bill Maher show) EXPLAINS HER INITIAL SUPPORT OF CHRISTIE OVER ROMNEY: BRIEFLY I ADMIT I RAN OFF WITH A BIKER:
The woman does not strike me as mentally stable.
FEMA under Obama seems inept.
The morbidly obese fellow is trying to waddle both ways.
What exactly did Obama do?