It is undeniable that President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have a cordial if not friendly relationship. When hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New Jersey in the waning weeks of the 2012 presidential election, Governor Christie made the unusual request of having the president accompany him to the state’s disaster areas. Photographers captured a photograph of the governor giving the president a warm embrace. The experience gave the president an additional boost in the polls which rankled many within the GOP.
Recently, the president toured the Jersey shore once more to see the progress that has been made since the hurricane devastation. While on the boardwalk, he recalled playing the game “Frog Bog” which he admits he fared poorly in. He also took the football toss challenge with the governor and lost. The president said it bothered him to lose the football toss. However, he fully expects to have another crack at beating Gov. Christie at the toss sometime in the future.
In recent months, Gov. Christie has criticized some of the president’s policies most notably on the matter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). However, Christie, who many expect to launch a presidential run later next year, is careful not to be too critical of Obama. My political buddy Jared Haftel expects the popular NJ governor to make inroads in the northeast as part of his strategy to capture the White House.