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Chris Christie: Kingmaker?

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Chris Christie: Kingmaker?

I figured out long ago that I wasn’t destined for greatness in the echo chamber world of punditry. Here’s another situation that reinforces that conclusion. I can’t quite understand the angst that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has caused because he has embraced and thanked Prez O and the federal government for a quick response to the disaster of Hurricane Sandy.

I don’t know. It seems to me that Christie’s first responsibility right now is to the people who elected him, not those who are campaigning. And if it helps the residents of New Jersey for the governor to be seen with Obama — and if Christie genuinely believes the federal government’s response has been timely and effective — then that doesn’t seem all that bad to me.

In fact, it appears to be what elected leaders should do: come together despite political differences to solve problems.

Like I said. I’m not destined for greatness.

Here’s Matt Lewis opining on The Daily Caller, “What’s Chris Christie up to?“:

With six days to go before Election Day, The Hill reports that President Obama will appear with Chris Christie, “who will be giving the president a tour of the damage in his state in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.”

New Jersey is a blue state, but this sends a pretty strong message, nationally. As Salon’s Steve Kornacki opines: ”This is exactly the sort of cross-partisan boost that candidates dream of receiving in a race’s final days, especially a race as close as this one.”

Coming on the heels of Christie’s tweet which said, “I don’t give a damn about Election Day after what has happened here,” Christie’s over-the-top embrace of Obamahas many observers scratching their heads.It’s important to put things in context. New Jersey was slammed with a deadly storm, and President Obama has — by all counts — executed his duties appropriately. New Jersey is obviously seeking federal assistance, and regardless, Christie should be gracious and respectful to the president.

The question is whether — with just days left before Election Day — Christie should have gone out of his way to lavish praise on Obama, and to provide him with a terrific photo-op for which to look presidential.

C’mon!

We elect leaders to lead — and to provide leadership especially in times of crisis.

That’s one of the legitimate criticisms of Obama and his presidency to date.

And if this election swings on a photo op with Chris Christie, then this country really is in deep doo-doo.

 

Photo credit: AP

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