Governor Chris Christie covered the cover of Time Magazine quite well. It staved off some concerns that I and other supporters were starting to have.
Like the majority of New Jersey voters, I esteemed Christie’s brief show of bipartisanship with President Obama following Superstorm Sandy. I was thrilled that Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen invited him to a fundraiser. However, Christie’s vocal attack against the Washington Republicans and his stunning rebuke of the NRA troubled me. Like many Republicans, I began to have my doubts about Governor Christie. Who did this guy thing he was, throwing his weight around at his fellow Republicans? How could this man complain about his own party when they have recently suffered some unexpected setbacks?
After reading Time’s cover story, I now believe that his ranting at the Republican Congress was smart politics, after all. Nothing brought that disorganized team together like criticizing all of them for failing to deliver on much-needed federal aid for storm-ravaged New Jersey. The House GOP lined up behind their leader and offered a slimmed-down package. New Jersey citizens got their aid while the Northeast got more respect, and the GOP is getting its act together.
Christie has not backed off on his principles. He cuts taxes, cuts spending, and cuts through all the crap. “The answer is ‘No!’” still hangs on every door in his office. “You don’t have to do it” remains his answer for disgruntled workers. Like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, I “like” Governor Christie all the more.