Perhaps it was his new Tattoo, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cannot understand why so many members of the GOP are angry with him since the election. According to a report in the NY Times, Christie’s standing in the party is greatly diminished since the election. The reason was his slobbering, gushing treatment of Barack Obama which some people believe slowed Romney’s momentum and turned the election around for president Obama.
But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. Christie’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded.
The governor, who had spent days delivering bear hugs and words of sympathy to shellshocked residents, resented the pressure to choose between the state he loves with fervent, Springsteen-fueled ferocity and his future as a leader in the Republican Party.
In New Jersey, Mr. Christie’s politics-be-damned approach to the storm seemed to represent a moment of high-minded crisis management for a governor frequently defined by his public diatribes and tantrums. Mr. Christie locked arms with Mr. Obama, flew with him on Marine One, talked with him daily and went out of his way to praise him publicly as “outstanding,” “incredibly supportive” and worthy of “great credit.”