Chris Christie Praises Obama's Storm Response

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    Oct 30, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    http://status.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/chris-christie-praises-obamas-storm-response/

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) praised President Barack Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy, which he said has left over 2.4 million people without power in his state.
    "It's a major disaster," Christie said on NBC's Today. "We have a battered, battered New Jersey shore that I hope to tour a little bit later on today, but I think the losses are going to be almost incalculable."
    This morning, Obama declared a major disster in New Jersey and New York, making federal aid available to help with recovery efforts.
    Christie said that he had spoken with Obama several times on Monday, and that the federal response "has been great."
    "I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally," Christie said. "The president has been outstanding in this, and so the folks of FEMA, Craig Fugate and his folks have been excellent."



  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 30, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    Why wouldn't he? When it comes to major disasters, politics should go right out the window and not be part of the equation. People's lives and well-being are in a state of emergency. We should expect nothing less from our leaders than them focusing on the task at hand.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidWhy wouldn't he? When it comes to major disasters, politics should go right out the window and not be part of the equation. People's lives and well-being are in a state of emergency. We should expect nothing less.


    Who said I doubted anyone would?

    I am just posting about how our President has been good so far during this time of crisis. We have seen in the past how other Presidents have handled similiar natural disasters in not such a good way (putting it very lightly). *cough* Hurricane Katrina and Bush *cough*.

    I am glad we have a President in office who is competent when our country needs him the most and is on top of things. Something we need to think about when voting for our next leader I would think.Contrast that to Mitt Romney who has said money spent by the Federal Government for disaster relief is "immoral" and it makes one think a little bit harder before they cast their vote. Just sayin'.
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    "Contrast that to Mitt Romney who has said money spent by the Federal Government for disaster relief is "immoral" "

    Bingo.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidWhy wouldn't he? When it comes to major disasters, politics should go right out the window and not be part of the equation. People's lives and well-being are in a state of emergency. We should expect nothing less from our leaders than them focusing on the task at hand.


    You mean like how Romney was politicizing Benghazi on day one as it was still happening? Or how Romney opposes federal disaster relief spending?

    But kudos to Christie. Maybe he should have run for President instead of Romney.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
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    CuriousJockAZ saidWhy wouldn't he? When it comes to major disasters, politics should go right out the window and not be part of the equation. People's lives and well-being are in a state of emergency. We should expect nothing less.


    Who said I doubted anyone would?

    I am just posting about how our President has been good so far during this time of crisis. We have seen in the past how other Presidents have handled similiar natural disasters in not such a good way (putting it very lightly). *cough* Hurricane Katrina and Bush *cough*.

    I am glad we have a President in office who is competent when our country needs him the most and is on top of things. Something we need to think about when voting for our next leader I would think.Contrast that to Mitt Romney who has said money spent by the Federal Government for disaster relief is "immoral" and it makes one think a little bit harder before they cast their vote. Just sayin'.


    To be fair to Bush, we would never have even found out about his complete and total incompetence in handling Katrina if the Mayor of New Orleans and Governor of Louisiana had done their jobs and followed the state disaster plan and evacuated everyone in the first place.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
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    CuriousJockAZ saidWhy wouldn't he? When it comes to major disasters, politics should go right out the window and not be part of the equation. People's lives and well-being are in a state of emergency. We should expect nothing less from our leaders than them focusing on the task at hand.


    You mean like how Romney was politicizing Benghazi on day one as it was still happening? Or how Romney opposes federal disaster relief spending?


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    Oct 30, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
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    David4985 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidWhy wouldn't he? When it comes to major disasters, politics should go right out the window and not be part of the equation. People's lives and well-being are in a state of emergency. We should expect nothing less.


    Who said I doubted anyone would?

    I am just posting about how our President has been good so far during this time of crisis. We have seen in the past how other Presidents have handled similiar natural disasters in not such a good way (putting it very lightly). *cough* Hurricane Katrina and Bush *cough*.

    I am glad we have a President in office who is competent when our country needs him the most and is on top of things. Something we need to think about when voting for our next leader I would think.Contrast that to Mitt Romney who has said money spent by the Federal Government for disaster relief is "immoral" and it makes one think a little bit harder before they cast their vote. Just sayin'.


    To be fair to Bush, we would never have even found out about his complete and total incompetence in handling Katrina if the Mayor of New Orleans and Governor of Louisiana had done their jobs and followed the state disaster plan and evacuated everyone in the first place.


    I agree. All had their hands in the huge screw up that was the handling of Katrina including the Mayor of New Orleans and Govenor in Louisiana. That is why I am happy today we have Obama working together with everyone to make sure the same crap does not happen with Hurricane Sandy. It also reminds me that Romney is against money from the feferal government going to disaster relief.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    sfbayguy said

    You mean like how Romney was politicizing Benghazi on day one as it was still happening? Or how Romney opposes federal disaster relief spending?



    if you're going to bring up Benghazi (which by the way is quite different than a natural disaster) by all means don't leave out the inconvenient truth that much of what Romney said has proven to be remarkably right on the money. Democrats would be smart to not bring the whole Benghazi debacle up at all.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 30, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    The Benghazi incident needs to be dropped because what happened, happened. That is the price we pay for keeping any Americans in a hostile country. The consulate should have been closed and all Americans evacuated out of Libya long before this tragedy.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    Romney has pledged to eliminate FEMA or turn its duties over to for-profit corporations. I shudder to think about how our country will recover from the next big natural disaster with a President Romney in charge.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    More Praise by Christie for Obama on Hurricane Sandy....

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/30/christie-praises-obama-doesnt-give-a-damn-about-romney-photo-op/

    Christie praises Obama, doesn’t ‘give a damn’ about Romney photo op

    The presidential candidates have canceled all campaign events on Tuesday, but Republican New Jersey Chris Christie seemed to be stumping for President Barack Obama by appearing several networks to praise the federal response to Hurricane Sandy.

    In an interview on NBC, Christie called Obama “outstanding” for expediting relief efforts. He also told MSNBC that Obama “deserves great credit.”

    “He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything,” Christie said.


    The New Jersey governor even took his message to Fox News, saying that Obama had helped “tremendously.”

    “I spoke to the president three times yesterday,” he explained. “He called me for the last time at midnight last night asking what he could do. I said, if you can expedite designating New Jersey as a major disaster area that that would help us to get federal money and resources in here as quickly as possible to help clean up the damage here.”

    “The president was great last night,” Christie continued. “He said he would get it done. At 2 a.m., I got a call from FEMA to answer a couple of final questions and then he signed the declaration this morning. So I have to give the president great credit. He’s been on the phone with me three times in the last 24 hours. He’s been very attentive, and anything that I’ve asked for, he’s gotten to me. So, I thank the president publicly for that. He’s done — as far as I’m concerned — a great job for New Jersey.”

    Fox News co-host Steve Doocy wondered when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was going to get some of the same benefits from the hurricane with a photo op in disaster-stricken New Jersey towns.

    “Over the last couple of months, you have appeared throughout the country, Governor, on behalf of Mitt Romney,” Doocy remarked to Christie. “[W]e hear that perhaps Mr. Romney may do some storm-related events. Is there any possibility that Gov. Romney may go to New Jersey to tour some of the damage with you?”

    “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested,” Christie replied, immediately shutting down the idea. “I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could [sic] care less about any of that stuff.”


    “I have a job to do,” he added. “I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power, I’ve got devastation on the shore, I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don’t know me.”

    Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Oct. 30, 2012.


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    Oct 30, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidRomney has pledged to eliminate FEMA or turn its duties over to for-profit corporations. I shudder to think about how our country will recover from the next big natural disaster with a President Romney in charge.


    Isn't it scary to think about? How anyone can vote for such a piece of garbage is beyond me. The man wants to eliminate funding for FEMA for christ's sake. There is just no words.... icon_neutral.gif
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    David4985 said
    KissTheSky saidRomney has pledged to eliminate FEMA or turn its duties over to for-profit corporations. I shudder to think about how our country will recover from the next big natural disaster with a President Romney in charge.


    Isn't it scary to think about? How anyone can vote for such a piece of garbage is beyond me. The man wants to eliminate funding for FEMA for christ's sake. There is just no words.... icon_neutral.gif
    Romney has sure shown his true colors which is the valid reason to vote against him on Nov. 6th.
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
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    sfbayguy said

    You mean like how Romney was politicizing Benghazi on day one as it was still happening? Or how Romney opposes federal disaster relief spending?



    if you're going to bring up Benghazi (which by the way is quite different than a natural disaster) by all means don't leave out the inconvenient truth that much of what Romney said has proven to be remarkably right on the money. Democrats would be smart to not bring the whole Benghazi debacle up at all.


    I have no problem bringing it up. I know it wasn't handled well. But that's no excuse for Romney to politicize the event WHILE IT WAS STILL HAPPENING.

    BTW, in the grand scheme of things, the Benghazi incident is much smaller compared to Reagan's Beirut debacle and Bush's Iraq debacle in terms of American lives lost.

    And so what if Benghazi wasn't a natural disaster in the context of this thread? I was responding to your statement: "When it comes to major disasters, politics should go right out the window and not be part of the equation. People's lives and well-being are in a state of emergency. We should expect nothing less from our leaders than them focusing on the task at hand." Now you're qualifying your statement? Romney FAILED at making sure politics went out the window.
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    sfbayguy said

    I have no problem bringing it up. I know it wasn't handled well. But that's no excuse for Romney to politicize the event WHILE IT WAS STILL HAPPENING


    It is no coincidence that Romney's numbers started going up about the time he did this, and they are still going up. Americans like their leaders to get out in front and tell it like it is. Obama is still not telling it. One of the reasons, of many, why the end of the Obama era is near.
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
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    sfbayguy said

    I have no problem bringing it up. I know it wasn't handled well. But that's no excuse for Romney to politicize the event WHILE IT WAS STILL HAPPENING


    It is no coincidence that Romney's numbers started going up about the time he did this, and they are still going up. Americans like their leaders to get out in front and tell it like it is. Obama is still not telling it. One of the reasons, of many, why the end of the Obama era is near.
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    sfbayguy said

    I have no problem bringing it up. I know it wasn't handled well. But that's no excuse for Romney to politicize the event WHILE IT WAS STILL HAPPENING


    It is no coincidence that Romney's numbers started going up about the time he did this, and they are still going up. Americans like their leaders to get out in front and tell it like it is. Obama is still not telling it. One of the reasons, of many, why the end of the Obama era is near.


    Actually, Romney's numbers went down as a result of his press conference politicizing Benghazi as it was still happening. They went up as a result of the 1st debate.
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    sfbayguy said

    I have no problem bringing it up. I know it wasn't handled well. But that's no excuse for Romney to politicize the event WHILE IT WAS STILL HAPPENING

    One of the reasons, of many, why the end of the Obama era is near.


    Keep telling yourself Southbeach that and everyone else here and maybe they will believe it. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

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    Oct 30, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
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    DontQuoteMe said
    sfbayguy said

    I have no problem bringing it up. I know it wasn't handled well. But that's no excuse for Romney to politicize the event WHILE IT WAS STILL HAPPENING


    It is no coincidence that Romney's numbers started going up about the time he did this, and they are still going up. Americans like their leaders to get out in front and tell it like it is. Obama is still not telling it. One of the reasons, of many, why the end of the Obama era is near.


    Actually, Romney's numbers went down as a result of his press conference politicizing Benghazi as it was still happening. They went up as a result of the 1st debate.


    THIS.

    Someone here who actually remebers reality.

    I know quite a few people who were turned off by Romney turning those terrible events while they were still happening into a circus just to pander for more votes.
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    His response is the correct response. He really should be focusing on the people of New Jersey. In this regard, I give him much credit--he seemed very genuine.

    I understand that Romney is in Ohio asking people to contribute to the disaster relief, principally to the Red Cross. I also understand that the Red Cross has publicly expressed that, due to logistical constraints, it "does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel."

    I understand that Romney must traverse a very fine line and that he needs to be a part of the overall conversation, but I'm not certain if his efforts in Ohio are impeding, rather than helping, the disaster relief.

  • MusclFurPeX

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    Oct 30, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    If you ever needed to understand why the Koch Brothers, Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdock, Sheldon Adelson aren't good for America, just look where their money is going now that the country is in distress.

    Are the Kochs sending aid to those who lost their homes in New Jersey or Rockaway?
    Nope.
    But their superpacs are still spending money on television ads like a drunken sailor (apologies to my drunken sailor friends...)
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    Oct 30, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    "Smaller government" = "Sort out your own disasters".
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    Oct 30, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said"Smaller government" = "Sort out your own disasters".


    But the GOP is full of shit even when they claim to be about "smaller government". They want to be in women's uterus telling them what to do with their own body and in gay people's love lifes telling them who they can and cannot marry. So the argument that they want smaller government and it out of people's lives always makes me want to pull my hair out. They want smaller government only on issues important to them.This idea they are for peope making their own decisions and wanting the government to stay out of it is B.S and always has been.
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    Oct 31, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    Christie praises Obama, says he’s ‘not interested’ in surveying disaster area with Romney