VIDEO – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on FOX and Friends the day after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast. When asked by the FOX host Steve Doocy about the possibility that Mitt Romney would go to New Jersey to tour the damage with him, the Republican Governor Christie replied, “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested”. Christie then went on to praise President Obama’s handling of the crisis.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican surrogate for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and the keynote address speaker at the Republican National Convention, appeared on the FOX and Friends morning show the morning after Hurricane Sandy devastated his state. About two minutes into the interview, FOX host Steve Doocy suggestively asked if Christie would allow Mitt Romney to get a photo-op for his campaign. Here’s how that went:
FOX HOST STEVE DOOCY: “Over the last couple of months you have appeared throughout the country, Governor, on behalf of Mitt Romney, talking him up for president of the United States. I know the President is off the campaign trail today. Although, we hear that Mr. Romney may do some storm-related events. Is there any possibility that Governor Romney may go to New Jersey to tour some of the damage with you?”
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: “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[n’t] 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.“
It is notable how the FOX host, looking at the disaster in New Jersey as an opportunity for Mitt Romney to get a photo-op seemed to disgust Governor Christie, who was just coming to grips with the severity of the damage in his state. Not only did Christie express his utter disregard (and frankly, annoyance by even being asked the question) for Mitt Romney coming to New Jersey for a photo-op, he made sure to let the FOX audience know that President Obama was doing an outstanding job in his response to the disaster and coordination of federal resources.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: “I spoke to the President three times yesterday. He called me for the last time 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 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 AM 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 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.
Christie gave similar remarks about President Obama on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.
Governor Chris Christie obviously has had a great experience working with President Obama in the aftermath of the storm. Formerly one of President Obama’s harshest critics, Christie has gone out of his way to make sure the American people know about the President’s superb handling of the Hurricane Sandy disaster and also the response of FEMA under Obama’s leadership.
Mitt Romney has said he would end FEMA and let the states handle disasters on their own or privatize the function of disaster relief.