There they were. President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Smiling, laughing, hugging. I could hear "Ebony and Ivory" playing as they rekindled their romance. But I wasn't buying it.
As the Democratic president and Republican governor strolled Point Pleasant Beach's boardwalk, they stopped to play Touch Down Fever, a game played by throwing a football through a tire. The president tried, but missed his target many times. The governor? He sank the shot on his first try, to which the president replied, "That's because he's running for office."
And he is. Christie is up for re-election. He is leading his opponent, Democratic state Senator Barbara Buono, by 32 percentage points (NBC/Marist poll). And his high fiving love-fest with the president isn't hurting Christie either.
He's perceived as a guy who puts party and politics aside for the greater good of the state of New Jersey and its people. It also doesn't hurt him on a national level with independents and with moderate Republicans, as well as Democrats who might be more fiscally conservative but remain socially liberal.
And that's why I wasn't buying it. Christie's a politician. Although he seems to genuinely like the president and is appreciative of the promises made and kept in helping to clean up his state after it was hit by Superstorm Sandy, he knows that his friendship with Obama helps him appeal to the masses in both his state and in the nation. He is using it now for political gain to be re-elected as governor and planting seeds in the hearts and minds of voters if he were to run in 2016.
I have always said the only person I felt was a real threat to the Democratic party if he were to run is Chris Christie.
So after reading this, some might say I'm being too critical or too cynical...and if I am, then the president and Chris Christie are living proof that Democrats and Republicans can be as the song says, "living together in harmony." Now if only the House and the Senate would take note.
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