Chris Christie Goes off Fox Script, Praises Obama and Dismisses Romney

Republican Governor Chris Christie – who was recently criticized for talking more about himself than about Mitt Romney during the RNC convention’s keynote address – almost certainly did nothing to redeem himself with those critics when he appeared on Fox & Friends this morning and said President Obama is doing “a great job for New Jersey” in the wake of Monster Storm Sandy. To add insult to injury, when asked if Mitt Romney would be touring the state to assess the damage with him, Christie shot down the question by saying, “I could care less about any of that stuff.”

It started when Steve Doocy said,

Over the last couple of months, you have appeared throughout the country, Governor, on behalf of Mitt Romney… (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?

Christie’s surprising answer:

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

Ruh-Roh! But it got possibly worse (from Fox's perspective) when Doocy brought up President Obama. Noting that Obama had already declared New Jersey a disaster area, Doocy asked, “How does that help you?”

Christie said:

Helps us tremendously. I spoke to the president three times yesterday. He called me for the last time at midnight last night asking what he could do. I said, ‘If you could 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. 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 has been very attentive, and anything that I’ve asked for, he’s gotten to me. So, I thank the president publicly for that. He has done—as far as I’m concerned—a great job for New Jersey.

“With so many people hurtin’ that’s exactly what we want to hear,” Steve Doocy said. And then he ended the conversation.

I guess he couldn’t figure out a way to work Benghazi into the discussion.

As David noted over at Crooks and Liars' Video Cafe, Christie similarly praised President Obama on NBC and MSNBC.