President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visit the Brigantine Beach Community Center to meet with local residents, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Brigantine, NJ. Obama traveled to Atlantic Coast to see first-hand the relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy damage the Atlantic Coast. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Updated: December 3, 2012 6:35AM
Chris Christie figures Mitt Romney is going to lose.
Maybe that’s it.
Or he’s setting the stage for his own run for president in 2016.
That could be.
Or he had a falling out with Romney after the Republican National Convention.
That’s the rumor.
Then again, how about this:
Chris Christie is a governor first and a politician second — a distant second. He is doing his best to get New Jersey back on its feet after a devastating storm. He’s thrilled to have a president who is assisting him in every way. And he doesn’t give a damn how his praise for Barack Obama will go down with the likes of Rush Limbaugh.
Refreshing, huh? Bipartisanship in action. We almost forgot what it looks like. But there they were Wednesday — the Republican governor and the Democratic president — walking shoulder to shoulder along the battered boardwalks of the Jersey shore.
This is what most Americans want: Elected officials who behave like grown-ups and cross party lines to get a job done, even six days before a presidential election.
It was an easy call for Obama. He got a chance to look super presidential. But for Christie, a Romney supporter, the politics were more muddled, which is why you gotta love the guy. He did not care.
When Fox News asked Christie whether he might also take a walk with Romney, Christie rolled his eyes. “If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics,” he said, “then you don’t know me.”
Christie will come out of this looking good. Even his fellow Republicans, save for the rabid right, respect him for his actions this week.
“Christie knows that people want to see political leaders from both parties coming together,” Larry Bathgate, a GOP fund-raiser in New Jersey, told the National Review.
How do we say “amen” in Jersey-speak?