Politics

GOP Governor Chris Christie Praises Obama, Blows Off Romney, Preparing to Run in 2016?

| by Michael Allen

Only a couple of months ago, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was skewering President Obama at the Republican National Convention. However, over the past few days, Christie has showered the president with praise.

Earlier this week, Governor Christie called the president's handling of the  Hurricane Sandy "outstanding." At a press conference with President Obama yesterday, Governor Christie said: "It's really important to have the president of the United States here."

Governor Christie also took a helicopter tour of the damage of Hurricane Sandy with President Obama instead of inviting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In response, conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh called Governor Christie "fat" and "a fool." It was an odd insult coming from Limbaugh who, for decades, was overweight as well.

Some are questioning if Governor Christie doesn't like Romney and/or is planning a run for the presidency himself in 2016, reports The Guardian.

Earlier this year, Governor Christie sent mixed messages, denying over and over that he wouldn't be Romney's running mate. Yet the New Jersey politician campaigned strongly for Romney, who eventually chose Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Interestingly, when Governor Christie delivered his keynote speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, he barely mentioned Romney and spoke mainly about himself. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow even called Christie's keynote speech an "acceptance speech."

While some polls have Mitt Romney a few points ahead, it's important to note that Sen. John McCain had the same lead at this time four years ago. According to political observer Nate Silver, who correctly called the 2008 presidential election, President Obama has a 75% chance of winning next week.

It could be that Governor Christie is embracing this chance to look bi-partisan and presidential for 2016, while at the same time cutting his ties from a losing Romney campaign.