President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shared a rare display of bipartisanship yesterday when the two surveyed Sandy’s damage together in the state. Christie praised the president’s personal and prompt response to the destruction.
Today, Obama returns to the campaign trail. With only five days until Americans hit the voting booths, the president will be making stops in Colorado, Wisconsin and Nevada. Mitt Romney resumed campaigning yesterday and makes an appearance in Virginia.
Former Senior Clinton Adviser and NewYorker.com writer Richard Socarides and CNN Contributor and Republican Strategist Ana Navarro weigh in on the race from here on out.
“Early Start” anchor Zoraida Sambolin poses the question of whether the cooperation over Sandy between Republican Governor Christie and Democratic President Obama will affect the outcome of the election. Navarro answers that it is simply a refreshing sight to see.
“Every now and then the right thing to do is also the smart thing to do politically,” she says. “"Frankly, this bromance between Chris Christie and President Obama is a sight to be seen and something to be heard. But I think it's also very refreshing. I don't know who it helps, I don't know who it hurt, but I think it helps the people of New Jersey."
She adds, "I think it’s good for the people of the ‘United States to see that we unite in a moment of crisis and that we put helping people in suffering conditions above party or politics, even five days before an election.”
Socarides agrees. “It showed a lot of respect,” Socarides says about the bipartisanship, “and really well done both by Governor Christie and the president.”
Chris Christie, a key Romney surrogate, has also bluntly distanced himself from presidential politics since taking responsibility of Sandy’s aftermath. Sambolin asks whether this could hurt Romney. Navarro feels that Christie’s response is out of sincerity and typical of him. “It’s a new world after Sandy for New Jersey,” Navarro says, and she thinks Christie refuses to be bothered about politics now because his priority is to take care of the people in harms way in his state.
Socarides feels this is simply Obama’s time to be president, and Romney has no choice but to stand by and cooperate. “For the president, good government is good politics right now,” Socarides says. “Unfortunately for Governor Romney, all he can do now is kind of stay out of the way.”