Christie: I Did Not Embrace Obama

'I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job.'

A day after President Barack Obama earned reelection, Governor Chris Christie dismissed critics who have accused him of bolstering the president during Obama's post-Sandy visit to New Jersey.

“I wouldn't call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama," Christie said. "I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job."

Speaking to reporters as Winter Storm Athena prepared to batter the already storm-shocked state, Christie was also quick to dismiss speculation of a 2016 presidential run, saying that the life and death issues inherent with back-to-back storms have made politics a minor focus for now.

“I've got a job to do in New Jersey. My future, whatever it is will take care of itself. I'm honored to be the governor of New Jersey,” he said.

The continuing questions about whether Christie had an effect on the Presidential race came one day after he dismissed rumors that he had turned down an opportunity to campaign for presidential Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania.

Appearing at a school in Westwood, he said the story had been spread by "know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who don't like that I said nice things about the President of the United States."

Christie said that he had spoken with Romney before Sandy hit the state last week and that Romney had asked him to join him at an event. Christie told Romney that he would not be able to help if Sandy caused serious damage.

"Those who fear that they may be blamed if things don't go well look for other people to blame," Christie said.

Christie said he had voted for Romney Tuesday morning.

Christie warned Wednesday that Athena could knock out power and cause additional flooding.

“We may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that,” Christie said during a press conference at Long Beach Island.

Power outages may increase during the storm, which is set to bring a heavy, wet snow and wind gusts as high as 55 mph to the state.

However, the governor was hopeful the pause in recovery efforts would be brief. He noted 11,000 utility workers remain in the state and the clear weekend forecast would allow the recovery push to continue in earnest.

“I appreciate that we’re all tired,” Christie said. “I want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

James P. Page November 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
@JS your logic is sheer brilliance, NOT! Corzine did enough damage to NJ as he did at Goldman Sachs and MF Global.
abook November 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Why when you talk about christie do the christie supporters bring up previous governers, what sense does this make? Oh we have no right to be unhappy with this governer? maybe i didnt' like corzine either. SO what.
abook November 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
what does previous governers matter? We can't be unhappy with CHristie on his own merits? maybe i didnt liek corzine either is that allowed?
Taxes are Fun November 09, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Spot on. I have voted GOP in every election since 1988. I will not vote for this phat putz again. Let him switch to the Dems for all I care or open up a pizza joint.
cally November 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
The only thing he said that was worse than his slobbering love affair with Obama was his gushing school girl crush on the no-talent human fecal sample, gravel voiced Bruce Springsteen. I would rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard than that commie-scum's 'music'--puke.
Nose Wayne November 09, 2012 at 08:02 PM
They came, they offered, they left !!!!!!
Tee Smyth November 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Much to do about nada.
Kael M November 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM
The simple fact that so many liberals, including on this post are supporting Christie highlights, if still needed, which party he helped during the election. Christie is the worst kind for party member. It is normal for members of both parties, democrats or republicans, to campaign for their platform, but to pretend that you are this partisan conservative, speak at the GOP convention, and then backstab the candidate that you said you were supporting 6 days before the election is dishonorable. This, to say nothing of the validity of the compliment, when so many of us are still without water, electricity, gas, and FEMA's office is closed for bad weather! In the end, at best, he only served himself, and perhaps exacted revenge for the VP spot that he didn't get. What a price to pay.
cally November 10, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Well put and totally true.
Terry November 10, 2012 at 04:44 AM
This is the ugliest comment I've ever seen here, and that's saying a lot.
Greg November 10, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I am an Obama supporter and a loyal Democrat. I am chiming in because I think this situation is FAR beyond the political BS that has been mentioned in some of the comments above. Governor Christie looks like he hasn't slept in two weeks....it's because he probably hasn't gotten a good night sleep in two weeks! He is working his a** off during this disaster. The proof is in the results....NJ is in better shape than NY. Politics doesn't matter. The guy loves NJ, and during this disaster, he's fighting like hell for New Jersey to get back on its feet. There will be plenty of opportunities to criticize his policies...but for now, we owe him a thank you for his efforts.
Brett Kaiser November 10, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Where is the LIKE Button here for Greg? Christies best line..."I Don't Lie" I follow that..too hard to remember GREAT JOB Gov!!! Great Job working with the President....
Bob Friendly November 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
What does ny have to do with Staten Island? See another retard who probably voted for Obama because he is a minority. That's why I pay 24 grand a year in taxes to get away from idiots like this. Just another example of why this country is free falling down. I'm happy that at least most of the people devastated by this voted for Obama that way he can help them the way he has helped this country for the last four years. No job to rebuild no work no nothing. Good luck imbeciles!
Hookerman November 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Oh brother… politicians used to deny that they used drugs or had affairs, now they have to deny that they were actually civil to a member of the opposite party. This is how bitterly divisive our nation has become!
naati November 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
@ Chris Taylor.... after your "political survival guide" we can all shut the hell up now and allow the decent educated spanking to take effect on the dormant minds that for some reason are extremely myopic in their view of real life.
naati November 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@Chris traynor..
melikric November 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Cally appears to be a foul-mouthed fat head without redeeming qualities.
Obama Supporter November 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Ron Paul should have been the nominee for the republican party, hahahaha! Maybe then they may have had a chance. Don't be mad @ Christie, Mitt was not the right choice for the party.
Obama Supporter November 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I absolutely love watching/reading the blame game. I can always count on a few good laughs from it, hahaha!
Jon November 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Mitt I'm not sure if you were a fire or policeman , but either way thank you for your service, and don't believe anyone that tells you they won't mess with your pension, fact is,they already did, money isn't there, it left when industry of all kind left NJ and took their tax dollars with them, and as we are structured now its not coming back, matter of fact its leaving at a higher rate.,, for cheaper and more efficient states todo biz in,,now individuals are leaving as well for the same reason, and just wait til obamacare kicks in and full time employees become part time or fired to so companies can avoid incurring the extra cost, we will collect even less and taxes and therefore fall further behind in pension funding,,full blown disaster,, only way to avoid it is to lower taxes for industry to attract them to NJ to create more jobs to create more taxpayers...
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