In the past few months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has allowed his mouth to get in front of his accomplishments.
Excerpted from Townhall Magazine's March Pavlich Dispatch installment by columinst Katie Pavlich:
I’ve never been a fan of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but I’ve always at least respected his ability to stand up for what he believes through hard talk and tough negotiating.
Christie has credibility in some circles for getting elected as a Republican in one of the bluest states in the country. He took on the teachers’ union as soon as he took office, got Democrats and Republicans on board to put kids first and reformed the system. Christie is also famous for standing up to what he calls “idiot” reporters asking stupid questions, which at the very least is entertaining.
But lately, Christie’s big mouth has caught up with him. We saw a preview of a coming shark jump in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Instead of partnering with President Obama as a strict professional trying to get a job done, Christy gloated over Obama and all of the socalled progress being made. He walked with Obama through destroyed neighborhoods, took a bunch of photos, made promises with Obama to victims that weren’t kept and helped to neutralize all the work he had done for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign— while ensuring Obama’s re-election.
“The president has been all over this, and he deserves great credit,” Christie told NBC’s “TODAY” show. “I’ve been on the phone with him, like I said, yesterday, personally three times. He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call him if I needed anything. And he absolutely means it.”
When Christie was asked on “Fox & Friends” what Romney’s plans were to visit New Jersey to see the hurricane damage, Christie responded by saying, “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.”
This left the impression that Romney just didn’t care, when, in reality, the former Massachusetts governor had actually been gathering hurricane relief supplies for Sandy victims on his campaign bus, supplies FEMA had already run out of.
Sixty-six days after Sandy made landfall, New Jersey and the rest of the states affected by the storm were still waiting on a relief package from Washington, which is when we saw Christie officially jump the shark. The socalled relief bill Christie wanted failed in the House, not because Republicans hate Hurricane victims, but because the relief package was stuffed full of pork and pet projects by overzealous senators—such as millions of dollars for Alaska fisheries and a new Smithsonian roof.
Christie called a special press conference—not to call out Senate Democrats for stuffing unnecessary pork, but to slam House Republicans.
“There’s only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these victims: the House majority and their speaker,” Christie sniped. “Sixty-six days and counting—shame on you. Shame on Congress. Despite my anger and disappointment, my hope is that the good people in Congress—and there are good people in Congress—will prevail upon their colleagues to finally, finally put aside the politics and help our people now.”
Christie also took to Twitter and buddied up with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has become a raging Big Government maniac.
|Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is also the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.
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