October 30th, 2012
09:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Christie on Sandy: 'I am not going to play politics'

(CNN) - A staunch Republican, and a top surrogate for Mitt Romney, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie crossed the aisle this week and praised President Barack Obama for his support and handling of the federal response

"This is much more important than any election, Piers. This is the livelihood of the people in my state," Christie said Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "When the president does things that deserve praise, I will give him praise. And when the president does things that deserve scorn, I'll give him scorn."

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  1. FactCheck

    Chris Christie- honorable man who puts his constituents before his party.
    Mitt Romney- petty little excuse for a human who'd sell his mother for political gain.

    October 30, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    The truth is-this is no sacrifice for Christie, as he knows (unlike Willard), he actually has a base of support with people who like him and would vote for him regardless. Willard on the other hand, spends most of his time either on his knees or bending over depending on the height of the g i v e r.

    October 30, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Mitt Romney ought to watch this video to see what a real man looks like.

    October 30, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. heather

    i can respect that christe...

    October 30, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. alien

    Nws flash because of hurrican sandy all chrispie cream donut shops will close their doors, prompting gov. Christie to fly to their world headquarters for breakfast lunch and dinner, plus a few snacks in between

    October 30, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. anonoymous

    This is the America I love.....This is no time for agendas. Not a fan of Christie but I have the utmost respect for this man doing what he was elected to do. Govern his people and the fact that he thanked the president for helping him do that makes him a real man and leader!

    October 30, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. n

    That's right . . . Fat boy knows where the butter for his bread will come from and it is not coming from Romney.

    October 30, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Lilyrosalie

    Now is not the time for it Gentlemen. Your city and your state need you to focus on them now. Get the job done.

    October 30, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. mb

    I'm surprised a republican would give Obama praise, Espically this close to the election. Way to go Christie. I must commend you for that. As for the other issues you disagree with Obama on, not to say that Obama's perfect, and hasn't made a mistake or two along the way, we are all entitled to our opinion. And I will be voting for a strong leader on election day, and not a flip flopping liar like Romney on election day.

    October 30, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. g

    Please donate to the American Red Cross.

    October 30, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Dee

    I give him credit for stepping up to the plate because Christie knows that his state cannot handle this disaster without the federal government responding, this is a fact. He repeatedly has said the President was incompetent and not a leader but God has his hands on this our Public Officials were out of control and he stepped in and cancelled everything with Superstorm Sandy this was a wake-up call.

    Where is Donald Trump I see his big hotel sitting in water who is he going to call it seems that this disaster has happened in mostly GOP Governor's State. We need to be careful how we treat each other and remember that this President is for the 100%.

    Romney is spending his time doing what the American Red Cross guidelines say don't do, they said do not collect food send money. If they have no lights how are they going to open and heat can food.

    My Prayers go out to all the people who are affected by this disaster and hope everyone stays safe relief is coming amd believe in your faith.

    October 30, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Meatloaf

    Fair enough. Does not mean we want 4 more years of him. There is still an economy to deal with. This storm won't come free either.

    October 30, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. PJ

    And on top of that, Christie put Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod (aka Fox and Friends) in their place this morning with their
    typically stupid question about "Romney visiting New Jersey". He said he didn't give a d–m about Presidential
    politics and instead, Christie is stepping up for the people of New Jersey, as he should, and
    President Obama is stepping up for the American people, as he should and always does.
    This is how things get done. Working together, using resources available, and praying for a
    complete recovery for our fellow Americans.

    October 30, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. cocosegura

    Not the time for playing politics. Obama and Christie are doing their job, working overnight and trying to make sure everything is back to normal ASAP. They both deserve credit.
    Now... there is political dimension... it appear that both men are going to be (deservedly) reelected.

    October 30, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Romney Wants To Get Rid Of FEMA

    And here we have a republican begging the Federal Government for assistance. That's what all the Red states do!!!!

    October 30, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm a Obama supporter, Christie is not, and I totally agree with him, "it's not the time to play politics", it's time to show up with concern for human life. Christie is truly a humanitarian, I like him because of his values and that's why I support Obama. Christie can make my "BLUE EYES" turn "RED", however he does have some work to do on his very agressive demeanor. I give Christie a "THUMBS UP".

    October 30, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. SA in OO

    What the national political scene needs is to have a forum that at least tolerates an open discussion of issues – any issues – where it's OK for people to say what they actually think, without fear of retribution.

    Most of the people in politics at the national level are making less money as a governor, senator or congressman than they did before they were elected; or stand to make after they leave office. that's not true for all, but certainly for most. So it's not the money that's behind the obsessive drive to be re-elected. Is the sense of power that comes with these offices so intoxicating that otherwise rational and reasonable people will literally sell their soul to win.

    OR have we gotten to the point where the only people who run are those for whom the heady atmosphere of the electoral campaign is the ultimate rush. And the time between elections is just re-positioning for the next election.

    October 30, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Name: Aghogho Evuarherhe

    Go Christie. A very honest Christian that calls things as they ought to be. I am a fan

    October 30, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Agreed. No one should be playing politics with Sandy.

    Agreed. No one should be playing politics with Sandy. Both President Obama and Governor Chris Christie (and other Governors and Mayors) are doing their jobs exceptionally well. It's shameful that some have actually been trying to score political points.

    October 30, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Devona Huff

    I like this young man. He has a spine. OBAMA2012

    October 30, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Amber

    This is a smart bold man! He's fair! Thanks Gov Christie for being real! Obama/Biden2012

    October 30, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. unbelievable

    Thank you Governor Christie...now is not the time for political fights and lies. 8.2 million Americans are suffering and Governor Romney is still campaigning. So insensitive of him......

    October 30, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Well,it seems Cristi has a lot more class then the rest of the gop goofballs like romney the lyin tax cheat ,another lie today. About the auto bailout and jeep .romney is just plain incompetent and I voted
    Againest him today .

    October 30, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. TheoristKEH

    Obama's prudent preparation for Sandra's devastating effects, including his willingness to cooperate with state officials (Republican or Democrat) in such scenarios, is indicative of the kind of effective president we've had since 2008.

    October 31, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  25. Amber just voted for President Obama!

    Our minds are made up. Thanks to OUR FEDERAL GOV'T for being there! Please take good care of those affected by this who may be in need. God Bless!

    October 31, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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