In October before Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized Obama, pointing out his "massive leadership failings" to Romney supporters in Virginia. After Sandy struck, Christie himself was seeing criticism after he praised Obama for his response to the disaster. Now, Christie has been courteous to the president again, giving him a congratulatory phone call after his re-election was announced.
Bloomberg reported Christie recalling to reporters at the National Guard Armory in Franklin Township that he exchanged pleasantries with Obama via phone after Tuesday's results.
“We didn’t have a political strategy discussion. I said, `Congratulations on your win last night, Mr. President,’ and he said, `Thank you,'" Christie said. As for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, Christie has only connected with him via email.
President Barack Obama (R) is greeted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie upon arriving in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Oct. 31. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
“No; we exchanged e-mails last night. We haven’t spoken on the phone yet," Christie said when asked about his contact with Romney after the election, according to Bloomberg.
Last week, TheBlaze reported that Christie might have been Romney's first pick for vice president before he decided officially upon Paul Ryan. The report, initially by Politico, stated that there were many reasons that Christie might have fallen "further from favor in Romney’s inner circle," including his speech at the Republican National Convention, which some thought focused more on himself and less on Romney.
Mitt Romney (R) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) speak with Romney's advisor Bob White (L) onboard the campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, October 10. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fox News reporter Rick Levanthal brought up Christie's praise for Obama last week as well:
“While people understand your commitment to the people of New Jersey and the need to get them help, some have questioned where you are now with your endorsement of Mitt Romney.”
To this Christie said: “This is the kind of silliness that, that really drives me crazy. Listen, I was the first governor in America to endorse Mitt Romney. I endorsed him 13 months ago, I traveled all around the country for him, I raised millions of dollars for him, I spoke at literally dozens and dozens of rallies for him. And I did that because I thought when I endorsed him that he was the best person to bring America back its jobs, its economy and its greatness in the world.”
(H/T: Daily Mail)