All it took was an act of God

Photo Credit: Tim Larsen/NJ Governor's Office

“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.”  New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie struck back at the notion politics would stand in the way of his welcoming President Obama as a partner in helping his devestated state recover from Hurricane Sandy.

He’s been on virtually every network heaping praise on his political mortal enemy. “It’s been very good working with the president,” Christie said on MSNBC. “He and his administration have been coordinating with us. It’s been wonderful.”

On NBC, Christie charaterized President Obama’s response as “outstanding” and that FEMA has been “excellent.”

Mitt Romney’s biggest fan even thanked the sitting president in a tweet.

Then there was CNN, where he said of President Obama. “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.”

On Fox, Christie got his back up at the mere mention of the netional political scene when he was asked if Romney would come to the Garden State to tour the damage.

“I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested,” Christie said. “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.”

With six people dead, Atlantic City and other coastal areas a mess and millions of residents without electricity, the Republican Party’s pitbull from New Jersey does indeed have bigger things to worry about than staying on message in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction.  To his credit, he knows it.

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