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Dear Governor Christie,

Thank you for your efforts in providing relief and comfort to the citizens of New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I'm glad you did your job. You are receiving a lot of well-deserved praise from the press on your performance. After all, the bar was set pretty low by your patron, George W Bush in Katrina, and by yourself and your Lieutenant Governor when you were both out of the state during a major snowstorm here - leaving the relief efforts to the Senate President. So while your response to Sandy is appreciated, it is what we would expect from any governor.

It was comforting and reassuring to New Jerseyans to see you walk hand in hand with President Obama to provide solace to those touched by this tragedy. This was a welcome change from your disdain for teachers, union workers, and women's health. Perhaps this is because Hurricane Sandy knew no class distinction. On Long Beach Island, she destroyed multimillion dollar homes in Harvey Cedars as well as trailer homes in Holgate. I only wish you had the same equality of compassion in times other than those imposed upon us by Mother Nature.

You and the President showed how governing used to be, and how it should be. You toned down your rhetoric (although Mayor Langford might disagree) and put the people before politics. You took the risk of angering your base by realizing and embracing the fact that there is a role for big government - whether it is in FEMA and the military in providing the type of assistance that cash-strapped states can't, or in the Army Corps of Engineers repairing the beaches.

There's a saying that "all politics is local" and whether your decision to cooperate with the President was motivated by politics or by compassion doesn't matter. You are handling this crisis well, and we all thank you for that. Hopefully, this will be a learning moment for you and that you realize that whether or not we voted for you, you are the governor of all New Jerseyans. You are my governor. I hope the lesson of Sandy is carried forward and that you continue in the spirit of cooperation to work with those who support clean air and water, those who advocate for women's health, those who promote marriage as a way any two adults can commit to each other, and those who rely on the public infrastructure. After all, you work for us, not the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove.

With appreciation,


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  •  He's still playing politics (5+ / 0-)

    Christie has to be reelected Governor in a blue state. He needs to be able to rebuild. It he thought there was any possibility of Romney winning, he'd have him there touring with him. But Christie can read and understand Nate Silver apparently better than some others I can name. This is all about Christie looking good.

  •  I do think that Christie has been shaken by this (3+ / 0-)

    event.  It may not be a total sea change, but one would think that his rhetoric and bullying actions would be lessened in dealing with the re-elected President Obama.  Perhaps I am reading too much into this, but he would have to have a total lack of character to continue to attack the President the way he has after the President has come with so much Federal help and support during this disaster.  

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:05:08 AM PDT

  •  Please make it stop n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Front Toward Enemy

    capacity - nay, eagerness - to adore Chris Christie.  This letter of the diarist's is not particularly adoring, and certainly contains plenty of needles, but I just wish to point out that Christie has been a belligerent opponent of Barack Obama pretty much the entire time he's been governor.  He changed his tune five days ago, when the storm struck.  He has behaved exactly as governors should and usually do behave when disaster strikes - no better (though certainly he got more press) than Gov. Cuomo or Gov. Dan Malloy of CT.  Pragmatism drove him to act bipartisan for now, and that's a winner for him and Obama both.  But let's have no illusions that Christie is a different man than he was when he compared Obama to a blind man groping for a light switch.   Last week.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:32:54 AM PDT

    •  As a citizen of this ravaged state, it is one... (3+ / 0-)

      ...thing to oppose Christie's general policies as I do, and another to withhold praise because a person rises above politics to do the right thing.

      I would expect better than 85% of Republicans when faced with this crisis would feel a strong urge to bite the hand that feeds them.

      Frankly, as someone suffering in this storm, albeit mildly compared to many who have it much worse, I think it is wrong to withhold praise someone who does the right thing because they hold the wrong ideology.  

      If he's not being ideological in this crisis, why do you feel the need to do so.

      Have you mailed a package of D batteries to anyone in New Jersey?   That would be helpful.

      •  "If he's not being ideological in this crisis" (0+ / 0-)

        is where you and I part company.  Sorry.  He didn't lose or abandon his entire ideology in a week.  He has parked it conveniently off to the side and will resume it when it is in his interest to do so.

        However, if you have some inside track to Christie's heart and know for a fact that he is personally sincere and has made no political calculation, then I salute you for an advanced level of knowledge.

        And pretty much anybody that writes a post on Dkos with any opinion, I could say "Well how have you personally contributed today to fighting the thing you are talking about, if you haven't, shut up" in an attempt to make them feel/look bad, but it wouldn't work.  This is a site for political discussion and I don't need to apologize to you for engaging in political discussion.

        Still enjoying my stimulus package.

        by Kevvboy on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 11:33:09 AM PDT

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        •  Ok. I get your point... (0+ / 0-)

          ...this is a perfect time to make political hay.   I'm not sure that I can speak for all the citizens of New Jersey, my fellow Democrats and others, but I'm certainly happy for you that this tragedy has given you a chance to engage in some political Schadenfreud.

          I don't know what Chris Christie feels, but he's Jersey born and Jersey bred, and I'm not filled with such mindless hatred as to assume that he is feeling anything different than what I'm feeling as I see the suffering.

          But your point is well taken.

          Now fuck off twerp.

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