New Jersey Governor Rises Above Partisan Politics
Only yesterday I had made some scathing comments about New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, but in less than 24 hours I have changed my mind. There are two things that prompted me to rethink about the governor, first it was his look and his voice when he faced press after visiting the devastated areas of his state. He looked disturbed, affected by what he had seen, and the distress in his voice was clearly evident when he spoke. It was a genuine concern for his people that I have never seen in Romney, a cool calculative ice-man.
Then I heard his comments on Fox News when asked about a prospective Romney tour to his state. Christie responded to the reporter’s question: “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that's much bigger than presidential politics, and I could care less about any of that stuff.”
I was shocked. Wasn’t Chris Christie supposed to be a surrogate of Mitt Romney?
Christie, an avid critic of the president in the past, praised Obama’s action on the aftermath of Sandy unconditionally. On ABC's Good Morning America, he said, the administration has been “outstanding,” and he thanked the president personally.
Rebuffed by Christie, Romney meanwhile spent his day in Ohio distributing canned goods to people. In the Republican primary debate he had emphatically stated that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should be disbanded, privatized, and handed over to states. When reporters asked him Tuesday about FEMA, he refused to answer. A typical Romney, isn’t he?
As a progressive, I realize that I may not agree with others’ views all the time, but a good action demands respect, and governor Christie has earned my respect.
It is becoming increasingly rear to see leaders who can rise above petty partisan politics and stand tall. At the moment of deep crisis, Governor Chris Christie proved that he is not trivial when action must speak louder than words.
Chris, my hats off to you, you are a big person, but your heart is even bigger, governor!