Obama calls to congratulate Christie
November 6th, 2013
03:30 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama calls to congratulate Christie

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey Wednesday afternoon as the Garden State Republican was walking into an event at Jose Marti Freshman Academy in Union City, New Jersey, sources tell CNN.

The president was calling to congratulate Christie on his re-election victory Tuesday night. Christie called the president back after the event, and the two spoke for a few minutes.

The White House announced late Tuesday evening that Obama called three Democrats who won prominent races in Boston, New York City and Virginia, but there was no mention of whether he reached out to congratulate any Republicans.

Notably, Obama and Christie have had an amicable relationship, though Christie has not been afraid to express frustration with the president at times.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The White House announced late Tuesday evening that Obama called three Democrats who won prominent races in Boston, New York City and Virginia, but there was no mention of whether he reached out to congratulate any Republicans."

    Strange article. Correct me if I misunderstood, but Christie is a Republican ... well, last I heard anyway. Yeah, I know. Christie isn't sure himself which party he represents anymore, but he DID run on the GOP ticket ... yes?

    Oh. I get it. President Obama waited until WEDNESDAY to call Christie. Gotcha.

    November 6, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I love and stand by my President.
    He's a class act.
    Christie would do well to continue having an amicable relationship with the President Obama.
    New Jersey IS a blue state, and he needs those 14 electoral votes if he jumps on board in 2016.
    He won't get them if he starts acting like the rest of his Tea-infested cray-cray posse. Hometown boy or not.
    Plus,acting like a reasonable statesman is about the only thing that sets him apart from the GOPeeing Teatards.

    November 6, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie is no "shoo-in" for the Republican presidential nomination because Tea Partiers and conservative purists consider him a RINO. It also doesn't help to be on good terms with President Obama.

    November 6, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    As I said before the people of NJ spoke and Christie was reelected.

    Although many are saying they don't like Christie now, look for the Boards to suddenly change when he runs in 2016 against any democrat. I must admit, I think he's going to get a lot of national attention the next few years and will probably be a serious contender given his age and last nights numbers but rest assured, he'll never get my vote.

    November 6, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Strange article. Correct me if I misunderstood, but Christie is a Republican ...
    -------------------------------------------------
    Yeah, there's been a dearth of RWNJs posting today.
    Probably licking their wounds or some such thing after last night.
    So they are trying to re-engage them by throwing out little bits of raw ground beef.
    Come out, come out, wherever you are.......

    November 6, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    @ Randy, S.F.

    Just watch how fast things change in the next few years. Personally, I can't stand Christie but he's not stupid by a long shot. In fact, he's a very shrewd politician. Knowing full well how the TP feel about him, he also knows he has an advantage with the support of independents, moderates and even some of the president's own supporters. A "shoo-in" no but a solid contender. Out of desperation, the T-Publicans will find out he's their only real chance of getting back into power and will run with him accordingly. Remember my friend, I said so.

    November 6, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    Ha ha, ultimate troll move by Obama. Another nugget that will fuel "tea party" rage against Christie ... and both men know it.

    Man I love politics!

    November 6, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    Why hasn't Christie lost any weight yet? Folks should really consider the overall health of him as a potential presidential candidate (not to mention what kind of compulsive, addictive personality lets themselves get morbidly obese).

    November 6, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Dallas

    President Obama is a class act! I wouldn't worry about Gov. Christie being "afraid" of the tea party – he can hold his own with any of them!. It will be a very interesting race next time if it's Hillary Clinton vs. Chris Christie. Christie is the republicans only hope as none of these radical racist tea baggers are qualified by any stretch of the imagination to be POTUS.

    November 6, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Ol' Yeller

    Uh Oh.... the kiss of death! Come 2016 Hillary will be running this pic on every poster, commercial, billboard, hen house, outhouse, doghouse... The republicants will be so mad that Christie dared touch a black man, they will immediatley vote for the other candidate.... discovering at the last minute it was actually her!
    Doh!?!?

    November 6, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. ghostwriter

    Taking bets on how soon conservatives will renounce Christie. Don't think he'll last the night.

    November 6, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. What Now

    Oh no, it can't be true, he actually spoke to the President? That must mean hes' a liberal traitor. (sarcasm) Good job Mr. President. It's nice to see that at least some of our politicians still exihibit dignity and respect for others.

    November 6, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. ProudDem

    No I don't think the President calling to congratulate him was a cynical move to hurt him with the Tea Party. Even they aren't crazy enough to hold that against him. Now if he'd made a speech praising Christie as the way a true Republican should be....well yeah

    November 6, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Classy. Let's play "one of these things is not like the other" and take a look at whether Cuccinelli bothered to call to congratulate McAuliffe, eh CNN?

    November 6, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Taking bets on how soon conservatives will renounce Christie. Don't think he'll last the night."

    Indeed. He's already out saying things like "I'm happy if they're happy" with respect to gay marriage, even though, you know, he tried to prevent it from being legal in NJ. Someone forgot to remind him that the etch-a-sketching is supposed to take place AFTER the GOP/Teatroll primary, not before it.

    November 6, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |