Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, April 29, 2013
While discussing Superstorm Sandy on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acknowledged that he doesn’t have any regrets about working so closely with President Barack Obama during the last few days of the 2012 presidential campaign.
“No,” Christie, a Republican, deadpanned to “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski, after Scarborough asked him if he would have done things differently to avoid becoming a “pariah” within the GOP.
Trying to get a more effusive answer out of the usually vociferous governor, Scarborough then asked Christie what he would say to his “far, far, far, far right-wing conservative critics” who do not approve of Christie working so closely with Obama and other Democrats in liberal New Jersey.
“I say the same thing to all my critics no matter where they are in the spectrum, that is I’ve got a job to do,” Christie said. “And the fact is there was nothing else that ever crossed my mind in the days after. When you wake up on Tuesday October 30th — 7 million of your 7.8 million citizens are out of power, not a school opened, not a water treatment or waste-water treatment plant is operable, 51 gas stations in the whole state are open — you’re not sitting there worrying about presidential politics, Joe. You’ve got people suffering and you just say ‘I’ve gotta do my job.’ So I say the entire thing to all of them: Put yourself in my shoes, and if you’re a responsible elected official you would do nothing different.”
“Listen, I supported Mitt Romney — I was very vocal about that,” he added. “But the fact is that presidential politics was not the first thing on my mind that day.”
Later in the interview Christie gave the president props for his assistance with the Sandy relief efforts — an area he thinks Republicans have really dropped the ball on in the past few months.
“Listen, the president’s kept every promise that he’s made,” Christie said. “Everybody knows that I have about 95 percent level disagreement with Barack Obama on issues of principle and philosophy. But the fact is we have a job to do. And what people expect from people they elect is to do their job.”
Christie, who is widely expected to cruise to reelection this November against Democratic State Sen. Barbara Bueno, is an early favorite for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. The New Jersey governor came in fourth in a recent Quinnipiac University poll of potential candidates behind Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)