Republican Governor Chris Christie – who was recently criticized for talking more about himself than about Mitt Romney during the RNC convention’s keynote address – almost certainly did nothing to redeem himself with those critics when he appeared on Fox & Friends this morning and said President Obama is doing “a great job for New Jersey” in the wake of Monster Storm Sandy. To add insult to injury, when asked if Mitt Romney would be touring the state to assess the damage with him, Christie shot down the question by saying, “I could care less about any of that stuff.”
It started when Steve Doocy said,
Over the last couple of months, you have appeared throughout the country, Governor, on behalf of Mitt Romney… (W)e hear that perhaps Mr. Romney may do some storm-related events. Is there any possibility that Gov. Romney may go to New Jersey to tour some of the damage with you?
Christie’s surprising answer:
I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power. I’ve got devastation on the shore. I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don’t know me.
Ruh-Roh! But it got possibly worse (from Fox's perspective) when Doocy brought up President Obama. Noting that Obama had already declared New Jersey a disaster area, Doocy asked, “How does that help you?”
Helps us tremendously. I spoke to the president three times yesterday. He called me for the last time at midnight last night asking what he could do. I said, ‘If you could expedite designating New Jersey as a major disaster area that that would help us to get federal money and resources in here as quickly as possible to help clean up the damage here.’
The president was great last night. He said he would get it done. At 2 a.m., I got a call from FEMA to answer a couple of final questions and then he signed the declaration this morning. So I have to give the president great credit. He’s been on the phone with me three times in the last 24 hours. He has been very attentive, and anything that I’ve asked for, he’s gotten to me. So, I thank the president publicly for that. He has done—as far as I’m concerned—a great job for New Jersey.
“With so many people hurtin’ that’s exactly what we want to hear,” Steve Doocy said. And then he quickly ended the conversation.
I guess he couldn’t figure out a way to work Benghazi into the discussion.
As David noted over at Crooks and Liars' Video Cafe, Christie similarly praised President Obama on NBC and MSNBC.
NOTE: If the video is not working it's because Crooks and Liars is down as the result of Superstorm Sandy.
Bemused aka Pollyanna
TAX CUTS MUST HIT TARGETED AREAS TO CREATE JOBS
Reagan $750B Tax cut with 60% for top(70-28) gor $140B increase in Income Tax Revenues
His job growth of 175,00 per month was 24% below Carters 218,000
Bush Tax Cuts and 31,00 per month to Clinton 237,000
Bush Worst 8 in history outside Great Depression
It was Robber Baron Era all over——
Since 1945 Democratic presidents created twice as many jobs as R Presidents
Since 1980 three R presidents for 20 years—-R Senate 18 and House 12 plus Total Control for 6
Took 600B budget to 2500B
Surplus to 1400B Deficit
Added 9000B to 1000B Debt
Created 99,00 jobs per month to Carter + Clinton 22,000
Initiated our involvemet in 10 foreign conflicts
Carter + Clinton=0
Smashed Housing Industry
Turned Wall Street into Gambling Casino instead of Investment in businesses and jobs
Flushed money to top10%
Outsourced our industries
closed 58,000 plants in ten years
Hurt Middle Class by not increasing Minumum wage and destruction of unions plus killing jobs
all for Wall Street $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ GOD
But what got was at the very beginning: they asked Christie if Romney was going to tour any disaster sites with him . . . I thought, WTF — why the hell would Romney tour a disaster area? That’s what the PRESIDENT does . . . and Rmoney hasn’t bought his way into the Oval Office — at least not yet.
I love how Christie gave them some what-for, too: “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. Iâve got a job to do here in New Jersey thatâs much bigger than presidential politics and I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. Iâve got 2.4 million people out of power. Iâve got devastation on the shore. Iâve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you donât know me.”
Hey, Faux and Fiends — would you like jam, jelly, or marmalade on that “toast?” LOL.
On Christie’s next Fox appearance, the chyron will read thus:
CHRIS CHRISTIE (D)
One of the pictures in particular was quite telling- it was Christie and Obama outside of a home that had been destroyed by a tree. Christie looked at the single mother who owned it like she had a gross disease, while Obama greeted and talked to her.
I’m kind of wondering what the ratio here is- How much of it is Christie realizing he needed help, and how much of it is him being humiliated with his record of callousness in past disasters?
In any case, he deserves a thumbs up for being a team player. God Knows the right needs more of them, especially in the states being hit by Sandy.
I am, of course, assuming that this is not his first campaign stunt for 2016. In any case, this is the sort of “stunt” I can tip my hat to. Thanks Chris.
I loved the looks on their faces when he was praising the President. They look like they just took a swig of sour milk.
Amazingly they didnât go off the air with technical difficulties when the Governor was complementing the President.
Did you notice the sourpuss look on the collective faces of Daddy Douchebag, Retchin and Brain when the Governor praised our President? Priceless.