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Chris Christie Should “Give a Damn” About Election Day

by Keith Koffler on November 1, 2012, 3:11 pm

“I don’t give a damn about Election Day,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says. Well, he damn well should. Yes, even right now.

We all should, Democrats and Republicans. Especially those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. Because whatever philosophy you hold, if you do hold a philosophy, you have to believe that Election Day 2012 will make a huge difference with respect to whether people in this nation are going to thrive.

The hurricane is a tragedy. But it will pass, and people will heal. But the choice in this election between an arch liberal and someone who – whatever his core beliefs – will likely govern as a conservative will affect people’s lives for decades. Even in New Jersey.

Republicans have every right to be repelled by the sight of Christie giving man hug after man hug to President Obama. He should thank the president if he believes he has done a good job. But his effusive praise just days before the election will only serve to help Obama’s reelection effort.

It’s not going to make a bit of difference for the people of New Jersey if Christie slobbers over Obama. The assistance to the state has been set in motion, and Obama’s not going to take it back just because he feels Chris Christie doesn’t love him enough.

Let me share some of the love with you.

This helps Obama enormously. Christie is not just complementing Obama – something Obama may merit in this case – but he is practically serving up a campaign ad for the president. What’s more, he’s helping wipe away Obama’s well deserved reputation for being unable to work in a bipartisan manner, one of the things Gov. Mitt Romney is vowing to fix.

And make no mistake, Christie, who will face a tough reelection bid next year, also benefits. Here he is, the governor of a Blue State, working hand in hand with the Great Hero of the Blue States. Meanwhile, Christie is enhancing his image as the “non-politician” who cares only about the people. Christie may be giving the finger to Election Day 2012, but not to Election Day 2013.

Christie should remember that he was given a great gift by Romney, the role of keynote speaker at the Republican convention. It’s a role Obama used to launch himself into the White House. If Christie wants to place himself and his state above the presidential election, he shouldn’t have involved himself in it.

Christie sneers at “politics,” but politics is about what types of lives people are going to have. Including the people of New Jersey. And whether he can mentally accept it or not, Christie is a politician.

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Anne Lieberman November 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Christie’s reach across the aisle for the cameras doesn’t make him a patriot any more than Obama wearing a commander-in-chief bomber jacket makes him a good president.

Star November 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Christie overdid it–did Obama, as I asked before, compliment him for his efforts, which were far more important to New Jerseyeans? Is that what they call themselves? Anyhow it does make this snooty, partisan, snide president look bipartisan. Another farce. Among so many others.

Girly1 November 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

A bridge too far! He must be holding a terrible grudge against Romney – this was over-kill! Would he be singing Obama’s praises if his son had been one of those murdered in Benghazi? Good luck with that Presidential bid in 2016 – this will come back to haunt him.

Lizzy November 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Jumped the political shark with that move election truly is the crazy season and Christie failed.

lc southern November 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Agree, he jumped the shark…

RT November 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Tracking algorithm – Kevin Bacon and Benghazi. We all know about Kevin and the 6 degrees of separation.

We need one for any subject and Benghazi…. Programmers, start your engines!

Walter Weidner November 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I do not know the future, but I would bet that Mr. Christy will not succeed in running for president in 2016 or ever. He has shown his true colors. I do not need to be specific, the public is not stupid.

soljerblue November 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Then again, he could switch his party to Democrat where, given what we know about him already, he might feel right at home.

Rod November 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

IMHO, Christie appeared with Obama so Christie could run an add in 2013 saying how bi-partisan (or non-partisan) he was. I agree this doesn’t help Romney but neither did Christie’s speech at the GOP convention, either (it was far more self-serving). I don’t think Romney will lose because of it – I think the calculus is that Romney will win or lose regardless of what Christie does on Sandy but has a much better chance of being the Governor of NJ in years 2 – 4 of a Romney Presidency (not a bad thing if Mitt wins). Christie isn’t delivering NJ to Romney in 2012 either way but maybe he can help in 2016.

As I have told my wife on numerous occasions this election cycle, if people vote for Obama because the perception of Obama’s performance was formed in last 5 days before the election, we’re screwed anyway. Much like a horrible product at the store, the consumer who buys the crappy product is as much or more to blame than the company that manufactured and marketed it to begin with. Our biggest problem is people who can’t tell the difference between competence and incompetence, leadership and bluster, qualifications and marketing. If the fate of our republic is to be decided by these people, we have bigger problems than who sits in the White House.

JustSaying12 November 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

This is much to do about nothing. If anything, it shows Christie and Republicans can reach across party lines, not Obama even though Obama tried mugging the big fella yesterday. Even John Stewart admitted (very quietly) that while Democrats couldn’t get anything really done during Obama’s first two years (when they had nearly supermajorities), Republicans get a lot accomplished when they are in charge…and often times with bi-partisan support unlike ObamaCare.

And if Obama thinks he can use this tragedy to his advantage anymore (which I am sure he did at the beginning), he is sorely mistaken. The long gas lines of people cold, hungry and miserable randered any bounce he could except from this.

Besides, I don’t think anyone is still “undecided” anymore (then again I don’t think anyone never really was). It all comes down to who has the better ground game like Rasmussan has been saying since the beginning. Obama has a good lead with early voting but unlike last time, it’s not impossible for his GOP challenger to overcome. Basically can Romney get his people tot he polls enough to overtake Obama’s lead, that will decided the election – not comments by Christie who must be exhausted beyond reason at this point.

Susan November 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Christie is a self-promoting opportunist. Recognized he was a squish long ago, but when he showed up at that state dinner for the Chinese bigwig, it was evident that he was no statesman. Agree with Rod on his convention speech. My husband and I said the exact same thing about his speech – self serving. He doesn’t care if Romney wins this election, if it gives him an opportunity in 2016. Like the rest of the establishment, he doesn’t see that we are 5 days away from deciding whether we want to continue to fundamentally transform America, or return to the values and principles of a constitutional republic. Romney must win if America is to survive as founded.

RT November 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Lol… Every politician is self-serving, as are we… Every politician. No news there.

The best we can hope for is that the self-serving politician be successful in linking their motives and desires with tangible results that have a net positive social benefit. We voters could really care less if they get fat while we get fat….

Which leads me to my point. Governor Christie better get on a diet for 2016. We do not elect fat folks to substantial office very often and Taft was our last fattie. I can say fattie cuz I am one, and when I am not, my body wants to be.

For the info-geeks, there is a wealth of knowledge on fat versus thin in all things business. Fascinating examination of humankind….

Susan November 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Dissemble all you want Alinskyite. Must be a sad and lonely life hating America like you do.

RT November 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Noooooooo! The un-American label! Mr. Bill!

Oh, Susan, dear old Susan. First, if you actually read my post, I thought your post was funny – nailing the opportunistic angle…. I merely piled on to enjoy the moment… So, not sure WTF you have going on today… But, whatever it is, I hope it works itself out.

I’ll share some information. Open up, nice and wide. Here it comes: It is distinctly un-American to call another American un-American.

Secondly, your logic is, no surprise, flawed. As we have witnessed for our entire history, hating America and all things American is pursued with passion, commitment, and with a sense of community.

Simply, it ain’t a lonely and sad affair for those who pursue our demise with clear and focused eyes. So next time you cast that label, think twice – if that is possible.

Maybe I ask too much… I hope not.

Cooper November 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Boggs, you are an ass. Yet you try so hard to be witty and pithy and the lefty voice of reason. Go ply your bullshit somewhere else, Comrade.

marie (@mariesnylife) November 4, 2012 at 5:55 am

couldn’t agree more

WMP November 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Didn’t watch them and saw very little about it on television. So many people have turned this election off. Those who were going to support Obama no matter what are still going to; same with Romney. For those alleged undecideds – if they are as cynical or as uninformed as I think they likely are – the probably aren’t paying any attention to this. As long as they got to celebrate Halloween at parties, etc. – they are happy campers.

Just2old November 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I had thought that Christie was a pretty good Gov. Now, I wonder. Knowing obama’s track record on other disasters, Christie should have realized that this was nothing more than a photot-op for obama. I’m disappointed in Christie.

cindylu November 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

same here

CAR November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

He’s not all that conservative either….

Linda November 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Same here.

cindylu November 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

What an idiotic thing to say!

Mrs Compton November 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I was screaming at the tv when he was going on and on. What was he thinking!!!!! Good report Keith!

Jake B November 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Frankly this article is clearly written from a republican stand point, looking at it from the outside (I’me a Brit) I have seen how Chris Christie has time and again put down Obama and espoused the positives of Romney, he was even scheduled to appear numerous times at pro Romney rally’s before sandy struck, he may to some degree aid Obama by praising him, but frankly right now who cares? Whats most important is that all party’s work together to help find solutions to the damage caused by Sandy.
Chris Christie has done the right thing by ignoring the political race and using all the tools at his disposal to help New Jersey recover as quickly as possible and if one of those tools is the ability to be pleasant to the president then frankly its great. What would you have him do not accept Obamas help? Or cynically accept it but give him no credit, that would just be yet more evidence of the moral decay that is prevalent in politics the world over. And though it may aid the republican party it would be yet another nail in the coffin of the american political system where winning appears to matter more than anything. Do the American people not deserve better than childish bickering and rampant self interest?

Ashleigh November 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

You’re missing the point! Of course the most important thing is saving lives and helping victims! We Americans are very good at that! And yes, Gov Christie should thank the president. But that’s all!! The uproar here is his over-effusive gushing, fauning, going on and on and on, overly praising, and for what? For the president just doing his job? For Obama mugging for cameras? For Obama doing a fly-over? BIG DEAL! Where was Obama “being on it” during the Benghazi assassinations? And why is Chris Christie being so unbelievably rude & mean toward Romney? For what reason? Romney is being gracious, he’s rallying his supporters to send assistance to Sandy victims, and all Chris Christie can do is kick him in the gut? And gush and praise and fuss and faun all over Obama, and all just because Obama is finally doing his job for a change? It makes no sense and is very upsetting to most Americans… Especially since Obama isn’t really even doing a good job with any of the Sandy victims. People are in gas lines, they have no heating or lighting or food or water or gas, etc… So he deserves no praise at all!! And THAT’S why we’re all so upset here…

JuJu November 4, 2012 at 3:41 am

Christie is probably p. o.’d because he didn’t get picked for VP. As a child, I had a stuffed bear with a crying face. Looked a lot like Christie.

burzell November 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

What a traitor to the Republican Party. Couldn’t wait to sell them out for his own perceived good. I can’t imagine he’ll get the national support that he would need to mount a 2016 campaign after this display.

Linda November 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Agree

Walter Weidner November 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

He will not!

ArnoldLayne November 2, 2012 at 12:24 am

KK, nice article.

Barkley pontree November 2, 2012 at 1:47 am

They looked like Abbot and Costello

beammeup November 2, 2012 at 3:02 am

It was way over the top and Christie had to know it. I wonder what his game is? Did O have something on him?

Jeff1000 November 2, 2012 at 3:28 am

On the money Keith.

Eric November 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

All of the people hurting and all you people are focused on is Christie giving the president a hug? We love to giving lip service about reaching across the aisle then when it happens , you’re upset? Here’s a thought, why dont you all go this website and help out your fellow Americans or do they have to be dead or unborn for you to be concerned. http://www.redcross.org/

pearl November 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm

The only ones who “give lip service to reaching across the aisle” are Demoncrats, and ONLY when they are in the minority. When they have the power to ram through their agenda, they don’t even PRETEND to care about working with Republicans. Hence we have Obamacare, without a single republican vote! Shut your sanctimonious trap.

pearl November 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Christie, he may be as big as an elephant, but he is all RINO.

mary alden November 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Your an idiot. Too have helped this guy in any way to be reelected by praising him this way- WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!!!

Linda November 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

He should certainly give a da** because bloated government is what’s making it so hard for the citizens of his state to get the help they need, and Obama has made this government not only more bloated but so much in debt that paying for this disaster could push the country into bankruptcy. Doggone right he should give a da**. And he ought to remember that he’s a Republican, this is an election year, he was a keynote speaker for Romney and stop fawning over how presidential and helpful Obama has been. Enough already….

Betina November 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I could not believe the “sucking up” that Governor Christie did to Obama. I was shocked because I thought the governor was above that. If the governor ever runs for President, I will remember his betrayal, especially if governor Romney loses. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Craig Chilton November 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

THIS is the overriding issue that transcends ALL other issues combined, in this election! — IF we are so unlucky as for Romney to be elected, it’s almost certain to spell goodbye to America as being the Land of the Free. SOON thereafter! Because both Anthony Kennedy (who plans to retire very soon) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who’s battling cancer and turns 80 in March) probably will very soon be leaving the US Supreme Court. If Obama is reelected, he’ll appoint egalitarians, and our liberties will remain safe. But right now the Court stands at 4 egalitarians, 4 repressives, and one swing Justice (Kennedy). If Romney gets in, the next appointment will turn the Court repressive for the FIRST time EVER — in all of America’s history. And these Court appointments are lifelong ones that each can last for DECADES! That would be a Court that then will proceed to REPEAL its previous pro-liberty decisions one after another while its minority looks on helplessly. Anyone who does NOT want that hellish nightmare to be imposed upon America NEEDS to vote for Obama!

PYSTAL November 4, 2012 at 6:47 am

THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT A LIVING DOCUMENT THAT IS LIKE PLAY DOH. THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS ,FREE SPEECH, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, ALL SIMPLE STUFF YET SOMEHOW THE JUSTICES YOU HOLD DEAR, ARE UNABLE TO GRASP WHAT THEIR JOB IS OR THEY DON’T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT THE BILL OF RIGHTS OR THE CONSTITUTION. IRONIC THAT THE COUNTRIES MOST CONSTITUTIONALLY ILLITERATE PEOPLE HAPPEN TO WARM THOSE SEATS.

PYSTAL November 4, 2012 at 6:54 am

YOU MEAN LIBERTIES LIKE THE LIBERATION OF HIGHER TAXES AND GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN OUT PERSONAL HEALTH CARE? 2500 PAGES OF MANDATES FINES TAXES AND RATIONING OF LIFE SAVING PROCEDURES? YOU GOT A SICK VISION OF LIBERTY, NO WONDER YOU LIKE THOSE JUSTICES THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.

Heartlander November 5, 2012 at 12:44 am

“Egalitarians” vs. “repressives”?

Ask the 54 million babies killed since Roe v. Wade came down who they think is repressive. Oh wait, you CAN’T ask them — since they’re dead, and nothing can bring them back. And they didn’t get one damn bit of CHOICE in the matter.

Susanjaye November 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Lets stop with the political BS!! This country has an ancient grid system and a crumbling infrastructure. The USA is on the brink of looking like a 3rd world nation. We need Congress to step up and stop sending money/aid abroad and start helping its own. The billions of dollars sent to various countries is absurd and we, Americans, need this money NOW.

I don’t care if you are republican or democrat -act like adults, work together and rebuild this country!

PYSTAL November 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

IF YOU ONLY KNEW THE ABOUT OBAMA PUTTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE FORM OF SHOULDER FIRED MISSILES ,INTO THE HANDS OF RADICAL TERRORIST, LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO TOOK OVER EGYPT AND KILLED OUR AMBASSADOR . THEN WE MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE AT GETTING OUR GOVERNMENT BACK. RIGHT NOW, THE STORY OF 20000 HI TEC PERSONAL ROCKETS WITH THE ABILITY TO DOWN ANY COMMERCIAL JET, THAT STORY IS IGNORED WHY OBAMA IS RUNNING ARMS TO TERRORIST ALL OVER THE WORLD. MAYBE HE IS A JIHADIST? YA THINK? AND THE MSM IS WILLING ASSIST HIM IN HIS QUEST TO DESTROY AMERICA AND ISREAL AND ANY COUNTRY THAT OPPOSES SHARIA LAW. CRAZY? I KNOW THATS JUST WAY OUT THERE.

PYSTAL November 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

THATS TWENTY THOUSAND NOT A TYPO.

CarolT November 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Christie overdid it, it was too much. Obama could have had FEMA help without going there, taking up more security etc and gas, when there are now shortages. Obama was only being his selfish self.

He’s a bitter man. I remember he did absolutely nothing for Texas when they had all the wildfires in 2011, despite Governor Perry asking. It’s probably because Perry did not beg and TX is a red state.

Heartlander November 5, 2012 at 12:50 am

And just ask Louisisan governor Bobby Jindal how much help Obama gave HIS state after the BP oil spill. He not only didn’t help much, he actively tried to sabotage the Louisiana economy. No help for red states! (plus Obama had a personal grudge against Bobby Jindal, since Jindal gave the Republican response to Obama’s first State of the Union speech. As Obama once told a Congressman he didn’t like, “Don’t think we’re not keeping track, brothah.” Obama is so petty and vengeful he makes Jimmy Carter look magnanimous by comparison!)

david james November 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Christie has a mouth & believe it can overload his butt as huge as it is, is hard to believe but he has here. No doubt he wants help for his state but to walk around with Barry sucking up to get all the things he wants, which he would have gotten any way is sicking. Its okay to say Barry’s help is spot on but to overkill it is awful
Christie showed his character arguing with the man on the pier with a ice cream on 1 side of him & his body guards on the other. He knew the man wouldn’t push it but it showed his true butt. His ego is about ad big as Barry’s. He betrayed his party as he did at the Rep Convention talking all about him. He should change parties & become a low life Democrat

David November 4, 2012 at 12:36 am

This man has slit his own throat with republicans. He was going to get FEMA funds anyway. For a smart guy he’s very stupid.

marie (@mariesnylife) November 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

what was the big trade off between Christi and Wham Bam than you man?

PYSTAL November 4, 2012 at 6:25 am

CHRISTIE & OBAMA SITTING IN A TREE K I S S I N G !
PEOPLE THAT WOULD VOTE FOR OBAMA ,DESERVE OBAMA.
THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD NEVER AGAIN VOTE FOR OBAMA DON’T DESERVE TO BE PUNISHED FURTHER. THE STATES THAT DO NOT WANT OBAMA SHOULD SUCCEED FROM THE FEDERAL UNITED STATES. IF OBAMA WINS. OBAMA HAS ENACTED UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEASURES, COMPLETELY FAILED TO PROTECT US CITIZENS FROM INVASION,IMPOSED REGULATIONS ON BUSINESS THAT KILLED JOB GROWTH AND FROZE LENDING. ETC ETC. THOSE STATES THAT WANT OBAMA LET THEM HAVE HIM . BUT OBAMA HAS FAILED TO MAKE STATES MORE SECURE. STATES MUST SAY NO THANK YOU TO AN OPPRESSIVE AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. OBAMA HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE CORRUPT, OVER REACHING, AND STATES THAT DO THAT WILL SEE AN INFLUX OF BUSINESS AND PEOPLE INVESTING BUYING HOMES . THE OBAMA VISION FOR AMERICA IS A NIGHTMARE FOR AMERICANS.

PYSTAL November 4, 2012 at 7:42 am

ITS HARD TO BELIEVE MOTHER NATURE SPARED OBAMA ATTENTION ON HIS LIBYA SCANDALS. INVOLVING PLANNED KIDNAPPINGS KILLED AMERICANS AND A GUN RUNNING OPERATION THAT WOULD MAKE ANY ONES HEAD EXPLODE. AND A MEDIA NOW JUST WILLING TO LET IT BE YESTERDAYS NEWS. THANKS MOTHER NATURE RIGHT? OR MAYBE THIS STORM IS A TERRORIST ATTACK. MAN MADE DISASTER. CRAZY? REALLY? GOOGLE “HAARP” I KNOW THEY CANT CONTROL THE WEATHER, AND MAKING TWO OF THE WORLD BIGGEST BUILDINGS VANISH INTO DUST IN HALF A MINUTE WOULD HAVE SOUNDED NUTS 13 YRS AGO.

soljerblue November 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Christie may have raised his pluses in his state, but if he expects to get on a Republican ticket in 2016, he’d better rethink that. He’ll have some ‘splainin’ to do.

nick November 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hope the whale is happy. Its funny….all of a sudden, republicans are seeing Christie simply as…………………….fat.

Happy Customer November 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Predicting how things are going to bite certain politicians in the butt (in the future careers) is fruitless and a waste of breath. The presidential election of 2012 is a turning point in this country: against all common sense, historical markers, etc. the unelectable was elected. This didn’t happen with legal votes cast by legitimate voters. The man has retained his power by CHEATING. Not by buying votes, not by throwing mud at a respectable man, not by convincing the majority.

He cheated.

Mona November 14, 2012 at 2:59 am

Christie won’t be forgiven. I supported him not any more.

daniel graybel November 17, 2012 at 7:27 am

i think christie lacks judgement. he’s too emotional to be completely pragmatic in times when it counts

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