GOP Still Holding Grudge Against Christie
He's been caught by surprise by backlash: NYT
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 11:59 AM CST
President Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport on Oct. 31.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Republicans are not in forgive-and-forget mode in regard to Chris Christie's embrace of President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Big donors, fellow governors, and party bigwigs remain convinced that he gave Obama a crucial, maybe decisive, boost on the eve of the election, writes Michael Barbaro of the New York Times. The depth of the anger has surprised Christie, "requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded," he writes.

At the recent GOP governors' convention, for example, Christie had to explain himself in private conversations. "I will not apologize for doing my job," he was overheard saying in the hallway at one point. Victims of Sandy, at least, appreciate that. A Quinnipiac University poll of New York City residents finds that most (36%) ranked him as doing the best job in responding to the storm, followed by Obama (22%), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (15%), and Mayor Bloomberg (12%), reports Politico. Those kinds of numbers should help Christie's bid for re-election next year, but, for now, bigger aspirations in 2016 are a little dicey, Barbaro's article suggests.

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YetAnotherCollegeKid
Nov 22, 2012 3:49 AM CST
Please take note, posers and has-beens: THIS is what 'going rogue' looks like. When you put the interests of your constituency above your own political status and party loyalty, then you are fit to govern. Is this not the most transparent evidence we have ever had that the GOP cares nothing for the good of the American people and only seeks power? They have no integrity and no honesty at all. Christie simply said that Obama was doing a good job handling a crisis- which he demonstrably was- and for that Christie is being attacked. The only conclusion I can draw is that the GOP would have preferred him to lie, and lie in the face of all evidence, in blatant violation of the interests of American citizens. The teamwork between Obama and Christie protected the people hit by this storm from further suffering and hardship, and the GOP would have had Christie throw that away in order to further temporary political goals. Have we just become so used to Republican psychosis that it doesn't even register any more? Or are we so cynical that we just don't care?
cornelison
Nov 21, 2012 4:01 PM CST
Perhaps the GOP should meet with the victims of Hurricane Sandy & tell them that they're to blame too. It IS a hallmark of conservatism to always blame others. If a hurricane hit Florida can we expect that governor to accept federal help? If not, then the GOP can look forward to extinction in Florida.
sean8513
Nov 21, 2012 10:06 AM CST
proof the republican elite place politics above human life