Chris Christie, the New Jersey Republican governor that many felt should have been the party’s nominee for President this year, sent a chill through political partisans Tuesday when he praised President Barack Obama for his response to the Superstorm Sandy disaster.
“The President has been outstanding in this,” Christie said.
Christie’s comments show some hope for a political system currently mired in partisan sell-destruction. It demonstrates that — in times of extreme crisis — that America can put aside its differences and pull together when the nation is hurting.
The mounting death toll and incredible destruction from the Superstorm has shocked American and brought an outpouring of support for those affected. Donations are pouring in to relief agencies.
When asked about a report that GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney — the candidate that Christie has campaign for actively this year — is planning a trip to New Jersey, Christie shrugged it off.
I have a job in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. I couldn’t care less about that.
Christie says Obama has called him three times to check on the damage and to offer help and he will accompany the President Wednesday on a tour of the damage and to meet some of the victims.
Added the governor in an interview on CNN:
He(Obama) has been incredibly supportive and helpful to our state and not once did he bring up the election, 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.
We saw some of the same non-partisan cooperation in the aftermath of 9/11. People came together, put their differences aside and starting thinking as Americans, not a Republicans or Democrats or whatever.
Sadly, it didn’t last.
It won’t last long in this case either.
Emails calling Christie a “traitor” are already flowing into Capitol Hill Blue. Once again, the petty partisans just can’t put their country above a political party. It makes us sad to see such lockstep adherence to party dogma.
The problems that America faces will still be around when memories of Sandy fade.
We could learn a lesson from Chris Christie.
It’s amazing what government can accomplish when partisanship is replaced by partnership. Too bad such behavior is an exception instead of standard operating procedure.