Cross Posted at Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot
Let’s get this out of the way.
People are asking us to opine on the Christie/Obama bear hug so we’re just gonna have to go down this road.
To begin: Just as Chris Christie was the first governor to come out and support Romney and just as Chris Christie worked damned hard for Romney, this blog was among the first to support Chris Christie for governor nearly four years ago and we’ve spent countless hours helping to advance Christie and his agenda and his cause.
And we make no apologies for it. We’re damned proud of it.
We love Chris Christie.
But loving Christie is not like loving any other politician. He’s real, he’s three-dimensional, he’s smart and he can be unpredictable, if not exasperating. Though his quips and answers are often entertaining and may sometimes seem simple, they’re not. They reflect the mind of a man who is relentlessly pragmatic and admirably goal-oriented. This is a man who does not follow — in fact, who defies — any rigid idealogical path. He cannot be pegged or contained or compartmentalized.
So, when Christie saw Superstorm Sandy coming, he had one thought in mind: Get out ahead of it; get ready and use every means at our disposal to help the people of New Jersey — to warn them, to fortify them, to serve them and to protect them.
Having been involved in public relations for more than four decades, we can tell you that by the rules of crisis communication that we teach, Christie instinctively did what he was supposed to do. He became not only the chief spokesperson in this crisis but the unquestioned leader of the response to it.
And he has worked damned hard, without a break for two weeks now often putting in 14 and 20 hour days. Some nights he got little more than five hours sleep.
This sort of thing is all consuming.
And you can quickly lose perspective.