Whoever triumphs in Tuesday’s presidential election — Barack Obama or Mitt Romney — the one sure winner in my estimation is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The rotund, irrepressibly charismatic Republican, who often resembles a Mack truck both in size and the way he crashes through the usual roadblocks other potential national candidates avoid, has put the welfare of those who elected him above partisan considerations. It’s a rare act of political courage.
Faced with the horrendous task of putting his state back together again after the devastation of superstorm Sandy, Christie came out singing the praises of his Republican Party’s chief nemesis. The president, he let the world know, has been of paramount help in the dark days of the perfect storm, the brunt of which was taken by Christie’s beloved Jersey Shore.
Forget the election, Christie announced. At this stage, he couldn’t care less. The only thing that mattered to him, he said, was the quick response of the Oval Office’s current occupant, who, at least for the time being, has become his new best friend. Christie walked through the wreckage almost arm in arm with the nation’s chief executive, both of them offering solace to victims.
Who can blame him? That remains to be seen.