Your daily jolt: In New Jersey, Christie praises Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a strong supporter of Republican Mitt Romney, may have offered up the first hint of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the presidential contest, as he showered President Barack Obama with early praise. From Politico.com:

“It’s been very good working with the president,” Christie said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “He and his administration have been coordinating with us. It’s been wonderful.”

The GOP governor also sent out a thankful tweet: “I want to thank the President personally for all his assistance as [we] recover from the storm.”

Christie said he spoke with Obama three times on Monday, including at midnight, when Obama agreed to speed along an major disaster declaration for New Jersey without all the “normal FEMA mumbo jumbo.” The declaration was issued this morning, according to Christie.

Christie is just as effusive in this clip from CBS’ “This Morning”:

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Saturday voting pushed the number of votes cast in Georgia beyond the 1 million mark. According to the latest demographic analysis from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, the percentage of African-American votes didn’t go down, as many Republicans anticipated. It actually went up a point, to 34 percent. Black voters cast 30 percent of the vote in 2008.

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Tex McIver, the seven-year member of Georgia’s State Election Board, will head up Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s anti-voter fraud effort in Florida.

“Operating out of the Florida Unified Republican Command Center in Tampa, I will be reviewing reports taken by phone from poll watchers throughout the state who perceive or observe voting fraud,” said McIver, the board’s vice-chairman. He’ll be in charge of dispatching attorneys.

McIver said that as a member of the elections board, he’s adjudicated several hundred voter fraud cases, and said the is “familiar with the universal patterns used by cheaters to try and influence elections.”

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In this footage from Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News, you’ll see that Debbie Dooley of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots came out Monday against the charter school measure on the Nov. 6 ballot:

This statement from Julianne Thompson, posted on PeachPundit.com, indicates Dooley wasn’t acting solo:

The Atlanta Tea Party has been neutral on the issue (of the charter school amendment) and has provided both sides equally, but due to the constant attacks by some, because we have not endorsed it, we are publicly stating our concerns with the amendment and why we cannot come out in support of it. We remain committed to school choice, vouchers, charter schools, and educational savings accounts.

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11Alive is out with an automated Survey-USA poll that shows one in three voters still undecided on the charter school measure:

When asked how certain they were about the amendment, 38 percent said they would vote ‘Yes’, 29 percent said ‘No’ and 33 percent were ‘Uncertain.’

Normally, you would assume that most of the undecided voters would stay home. But since a presidential contest is the big draw, you’ll have to think that they’ll be in the mix – and could shift to the negative side if they aren’t persuaded in the next seven days.

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State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, e-mailed supporters with an interesting endorsement – referencing that yanked video from Chris Boedeker, alleging that Holcomb had used illegal drugs while in the military:

I have been trying to get the word out that there isn’t any truth in my opponent’s allegations. Fortunately, you don’t have to simply take my word for it. Now, my opponent’s political allies are saying the same thing.

On Friday, Erick Erickson, author of the Red State blog, conservative radio talk show host and CNN political contributor, endorsed me over my Republican opponent. His published endorsement reads: “I’m proud to support Democrat Scott Holcomb for re-election in the State House. Better an honest Democrat than a lying fool.”

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The Congressional Leadership Fund today released its first and only ad in the12th Congressional District – one more effort to tie Democratic incumbent John Barrow to President Barack Obama:

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The judgment from the New York Times on the future of the Benghazi, Libya story between now and Election Day:

Interviews with American officials and an examination of State Department documents do not reveal the kind of smoking gun Republicans have suggested would emerge in the attack’s aftermath such as a warning that the diplomatic compound would be targeted and that was overlooked by administration officials.

What is clear is that even as the State Department responded to the June attacks, crowning the Benghazi compound walls with concertina wire and setting up concrete barriers to thwart car bombs, it remained committed to a security strategy formulated in a very different environment a year earlier.

In the heady early days after the fall of Colonel Qaddafi’s government, the administration’s plan was to deploy a modest American security force and then increasingly rely on trained Libyan personnel to protect American diplomats — a policy that reflected White House apprehensions about putting combat troops on the ground as well as Libyan sensitivities about an obtrusive American security presence.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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71 comments Add your comment

RomeGaGuy

October 30th, 2012
9:38 am

Erickson does know lying fools

Beyond the Middle of the Road

October 30th, 2012
9:51 am

I may not always see eye to eye with Christie but unlike most politicians he speaks from the heart and usually states what he believes to be the truth. It’s a very sad time for a great many Americans.

sheepdawg

October 30th, 2012
9:56 am

republican calling another republican a lying fool. now that’s funny. pot calling the kettle black

Not Donald Trump

October 30th, 2012
9:56 am

How refreshing to see Gov Christie giving an honest assessment instead of toeing the line.

DJ Sniper

October 30th, 2012
10:00 am

I don’t always agree with Chris Christie, but there are times when he does say and do the right thing. I remember when he appointed a Muslim to some high position, and he came down on the extremists who were screaming about Sharia law.

Marlboro Man

October 30th, 2012
10:02 am

The sooner the governor can get back to double quarter pounders with cheese, the happier he will be.

Scrivener

October 30th, 2012
10:03 am

Would anyone honestly expect any president to do any less days before election? Give me a break. And the NYT article is a complete joke. Not only is it very, very late in coming, but it leaves out a massive amount of information about what happened. No surprise there.

fed up

October 30th, 2012
10:04 am

Even though I will not vote for Obama, I do think he and both Romney have handled this situation the right way. Maybe Sandy will bring some civility to a very rotten political race.

Weetamoe

October 30th, 2012
10:15 am

What is unusual about a president doing his job? Obama is lucky that the NJ governor did his job, unlike Kathleen Blanco in LA. Though Christie is livid at the shiftless Atlantic City mayor, who, like Ray Nagin, neglected to impose evacuation orders with the resulting necessity of risky rescue efforts.

Not Your Average Atlantan

October 30th, 2012
10:22 am

There should be no suprise, Christie flip flops about as much as Mitt Romney does. If you don’t believe me, just google video clips of the republican GOP debates between Christie, Ron Paul, Romney…..etc if you want to know what the other GOP candidates think of Romney.
Romney is a joke and the joke will unfortunately be on all of America if he takes the Whitehouse. Even after 8 years of an incompetent Bush/Cheney administration, some in America would think highly of Romney who doesnt even know basic geography i learned in the 7th grade.
Romney stated in the 3rd debate that Syria is Iran’s path to the sea………it does not!!!!!! Iran is bordered by 3 seas not Syria!!!!!!

Devil's Advocate

October 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Scrivener probably believes Obama has fully mastered Bush’s weather machine and produced Sandy a week before Election Day just so that he could help out Christie.

Jeff

October 30th, 2012
10:25 am

Those numbers seem poor for Romney in that they would seem to make Ga in play. McCain only won Ga 52-47 four years ago, and McCain had beaten Romney by that point. With a 4 point rise in AA turnout, that means the fight for 50% + 1 is pretty tight. Add in the fact that (unfortunately) libertarian voters tend to be middle-upper class white males – exactly Romney’s key demographic – and you’ve got a situation where Obama’s built in base is surging while Romney’s built in base is bleeding. Putting Ga in play. And if Ga is in play….. next Tues night will be very long indeed for Mr. Romney.

old timer

October 30th, 2012
10:30 am

Of course obama is going to offer help. Isn’t that something he’s supposed to do? Plus it takes a little bit of the attention away from how he let people die in Benghazi.

Marlboro Man

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

old timer, bearing false witness.

Road Scholar

October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

Marlboro Man: Bless your heart!

Scrivener: Nothing is good enough for you , huh? About Libya, Are you sleeping w/ Glenn Beck?

John

October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

Christie wants to help Obama get re-elected so Christie can be president in four years instead of eight.

Obama

October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

had most of these states wrapped up anyway, so no playing any cards,he is just doing his job. But I do wonder how some of these people will be able to vote next week? God Bless all in that area.

cc

October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

Scrivener:

Good luck with the libtards here. I visited Bookie-man’s blog this morning, and after reading a few comments here I believe I’ll wait until Kyle’s column comes up. My tolerance level for ignorance is extremely low today!

ad

October 30th, 2012
10:35 am

I’m sure Christie is OK with Obama, but I’m more sure he’d like to run in 2016 and that won’t be possible if Romney wins.

ad

October 30th, 2012
10:36 am

cc – what’s a libtard? Is that like one of Sarah Palin’s children, but liberal?

old timer

October 30th, 2012
10:41 am

This just in: obama says this storm is a result of a video that G.W. posted on YouTube.

kray

October 30th, 2012
10:47 am

What the President did was the right thing to do in a disastous storm that has cripped the NE. I’m sure some of you idiots will think he only did it for the election and not for the people sake. Then how ignorant idiots you have become here in Georgia. I have a trip scheduled for next week to New Jersery and we arent’ sure if our annul meeting will be held now that Sandy has wrecked havoc on NJ. Hope all will be well there after the storm!

Gene

October 30th, 2012
11:02 am

Romney denies any link between carbon pollution and weather disasters. He will remove EPA regulations and replace FEMA with services in the “private sector.” Remember when Bush appointed a horse breeder to head FEMA? New Orleans does.

darkgable

October 30th, 2012
11:07 am

Bunch of slackers!!! Government is the problem, remember? Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!!! Government should only provide for defense right? I am not my brother keeper. If a manmade disaster occurs, contact the church or your neighbor. NO MORE WELFARE!!

DEREGULARE
PRIVATIZED
NO GOVERNMENT SPENDING

Paid for by Ayn Rand and The Chicago School of Economics. Milton Freidman, Author!!!

darkgable

October 30th, 2012
11:09 am

OOPS: “Deregulate” & Privatize

Norris T.

October 30th, 2012
11:20 am

Meanwhile, Mitt said he was not going to campaign today… instead he is having a “Hurricane Relief” event in… Ohio. And he just happened to invite the press. Boy wonder Ryan is “collecting donations” at the Romney/Ryan Victory Centers today with the press in tow. Typical. Not doing aything to help, just making sure they stay in front of the press. Much like Ryan washing clean dishes at a closed soup kitchen. No substance. Just self promotion.

revit

October 30th, 2012
11:22 am

And just what has prez obooboo done?

Ask any Katrina victim who helped them the most. It wasn’t the gubment, it was W*A*L*M*A*R*T.

beanster

October 30th, 2012
11:25 am

Cigarettes will kill you faster than cheeseburgers.

honested

October 30th, 2012
11:25 am

Well, well, christie can be honest on occasion.

That doesn’t bode well for him in the ‘modern republican party’.

DJ Sniper

October 30th, 2012
11:29 am

CC, if your tolerance level for ignorance is low, then how do you deal with yourself?

double

October 30th, 2012
11:29 am

leaves out massive amts.info. Sounds like a Scrivener error to me.

joe

October 30th, 2012
11:32 am

When the white house orders the security team to “stand down” while the attack is going on, something is amiss. To make matters worse, once this fact gets out, they try to cover it up. Who gave said order to “stand down.” This must be investigated and whomever gave that order, needs to be fired or impeached. To pile on, the MSM ignoring this is pathetic…just like the current administration.

If Bush were Pres and this happened, the MSM would crucify him…

beanster

October 30th, 2012
11:33 am

Romney suspending his campaign while the nation is in crisis was the right thing to do. Christie giving credit where credit was due was the right thing to do.

See how this makes Republicans not look like such evil people? The election is in a week, you know.

Norris T.

October 30th, 2012
11:35 am

Hey beanster… Romney is holding a Victory Rally in Dayton Ohio today. The press badges even read: VICTORY RALLY. So yeah… he flop flopped ponce again.

td

October 30th, 2012
11:37 am

My pal Guy Benson found a juicy nugget that helps to bring more clarity to the news from Gallup yesterday that shows Romney leading Obama in the early vote by a full seven points, 52-45%. Almost exactly four years ago (October 28, 2008), according to Gallup, Obama was massacring John McCain among early voters with a fifteen-point lead, 55-40%. That means, at least according to Gallup, that Obama’s early vote advantage has dropped 22 points when compared to ‘08.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/30/Gallup-Shows-22-point-drop-in-obama-early-voting-advantage

Georgia

October 30th, 2012
11:37 am

Christie disappointed the GOP with his “me me me” keynote speech during the RNC too, remember? Is he the full-figured poster child for RINO?

The Tea Party agrees with Jay Bookman about the enigmatic wording of the charter amendment? The first normal words out of their mouths since they were birther’d in 2009? I haven’t even put on my tin foil hat yet this morning, and I’m actually in my mom’s kitchen and not her basement. Wait, there’s me mum now. What mom? Beat it? Cant I finish this comment? I’m not wasting my life on line. Stop it! You’re always saying mean stuff and trying to ruin my life. I hate you. I HATE YOU!!!!

Okay, I’m back in the basement. I’ve taken my meds and the tin hat is on straight. I was a mess a few minutes ago, but I’m okay now.

The New York Times has been dumbed down to the Newsweek level, so…….Benghazi is valuable only in that it shows us a glimpse of the face of the Jihad against the west. The enemy is still a total where’s waldo. Which side do we arm? No matter which side we pick, it will be the wrong side. Why? Because there’s not just two sides in any Islamic Revolt. There’s a myriad of sides all interconnected multinationally across all the middle east borders. If a leader emerges in all this chaos, look out. Remember, they are Islamists and Islamics first, and Iraqis and Syrians and Libyans second.

This just in: A Somali comedian who made fun of Al Queda, (Shebab insurgents) was shot dead. He had referenced the Shebab sharia law enforcement in his material. Shouldn’t oughta have done dat.

Elliot Garcia

October 30th, 2012
11:40 am

wishful thinking Jeff….Georgia is in the bag for Romney…

Georgia Turning Blue

October 30th, 2012
11:47 am

Of course Its Obama’s job to respond to States in need of disaster assistance. However, Romney would prefer to see that job privatized. I can see Christie calling in if Romney were President. “Hello, this is the new privatized FEMA. You have been connected to our expert and efficient customer service representatives in New Delhi”

DJ Sniper

October 30th, 2012
11:49 am

TD, the fact that you posted something from breitbart.com automatically kills any credibility. Also, I find it funny that any poll that shows Romney ahead is treated like the gospel by you, but any poll that shows Obama ahead has somehow been skewered. Lastly, why does anybody follow these polls anyway? They can be manipulated to show whatever the desired result it. As I’ve said before, the only poll that matters is the final poll next Tuesday.

double

October 30th, 2012
11:50 am

Obama went to Vegas.(Lord how awful)You mean Romney politicing after all these deaths,and disaster.That will be ok he’s doing it under pretense of helping others.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
11:54 am

Atlanta Tea Party Patriots came out Monday against the charter school measure

Wow, I am actually in agreement with a position supported by the TEA Party. Feels kinda dirty.

beanster

October 30th, 2012
11:55 am

Norris — can you post a link of the “victory rally” in Dayton you mentioned? I see Romney is holding a “no political remark” event in Dayton in support of the Hurricane victims. I see where Ann Romney is attending a “victory rally” in Iowa.

You can’t really expect Romney to sit on his hands while the President gets to act all “Presidential” this close to election day, can you?

Committed to freedom

October 30th, 2012
11:55 am

Republicans and democrats alike love taking other people’s money so long as it is spent to get them re-elected, enrich their friends, or is spent on things dear to their heart. That is how this country ended up with a $16Trillion dollar debt and $160+ Trillion in unfunded liabilities. It is also the reason why neither Obama nor Ronmey will fundamentally change anything in this country or fix anything economically. They both belong to parties that love big government and big government spending.

td

October 30th, 2012
11:55 am

DJ Sniper

October 30th, 2012
11:49 am

First I can see you did not read the article because it is not about polling, it is about one difference between 08 and this years election.

Second, Just because a story is from a site, you may think is partisan, does not make a story untrue. The story here has links to the direct source material and the reader can run the numbers themselves.

Hubie

October 30th, 2012
11:57 am

The headlines from the liberal media continue to try to pick up Obama. I listened to Christie and all he did was say that the administration had done what was expected, he did not “praise” the muslim.

ideas

October 30th, 2012
12:03 pm

Jeff and any of you fools out there that think Obama will carry Georgia, you need to buy a bridge I can sell you in New York. Dumber than dirt if you even think that can happen…..of course you follow the liberal idiot line don’t you…..

beanster

October 30th, 2012
12:03 pm

“It’s been very good working with the president,” Mr. Christie said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “He and his administration have been coordinating with us. It’s been wonderful.”

Speaking about the damage to his state on NBC’s “Today” show, Mr. Christie called the president “outstanding” and said the response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been “excellent.”

I would call the above “praise”, Hubie. It’s from the NY Times though. I can’t blame you for not having read it from the leader of leftist spin.

Norris T.

October 30th, 2012
12:03 pm

Norris T.

October 30th, 2012
12:06 pm

And here is backup beanster:

http://www.whiotv.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/timeline-romney-in-dayton-for-rally-today/nSrXR/

He may call it a “relief rally” but he invited the press and it looks like a political rally.

beanster

October 30th, 2012
12:08 pm

You’re right, Norris. He is a flip flopper. He should have had his pre-hurricane press badges remade for the “storm relief event”.