Charles Pierce thinks it's a cynical effort to launch the Christie in 2016 bandwagon.
The Freepers can't make up their minds what to think about it.
It's certainly unusual for a prominent governor of Party A to go out of his way to compliment the President of Party B a week before he's up for re-election. But these were unusual circumstances, to say the least.
Is Christie just speaking the plain truth and ignoring the political consequences? Is he calculating that a bit of highly visible bipartisanship would make himself look good? Or what?
This exchange on Fox & Friends must have been particularly painful for Republican fans of Christie to watch. He begins by thanking President Obama repeatedly. Co-host Steve Doocy tries to bring Romney into the discussion, maybe to give Christie a chance to be even-handed by saying something nice about him, too ... but Christie slaps him down hard:
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 care less about any of that stuff."
Now, today, Obama and Christie will be visiting storm-wracked communities in New Jersey together. It's not supposed to be a political event, and for people in those communities politics is probably the last of their concerns right now. But people outside New Jersey will look at a joint Obama-Christie news event through the prism of the rapidly approaching election day.
If Christie were just saying a couple of nice things about the President in one press conference, that would be normal and reasonable given the storm. But he's going way beyond just a token compliment or two. I have to think that today's visit is good for both Christie and Obama.