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November 1st, 2012
06:27 AM ET

A budding Christie, Obama 'bromance'? Richard Socarides & Ana Navarro on bipartisanship after Sandy and what it means for the election

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.”

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  1. 4Godsake

    Those who TRUST Republicans economic policies need to read this article. I hate to tell you all this but you all have been SUCKERS for far to long and it time you start smelling the coffee, because you don't seem to be able to smell the crap the Republicans sold to you under Reagan Trickle down economics. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/11/02/non-partisan-congressional-tax-report-debunks-core-conservative-economic-theory-gop-suppresses-study/
    Please do use the RIGHT WING MEDIA Theory this is Forbes magazine article. Here is a quote, because most of you die-hards will not read it :
    "blow apart the central tenant of modern conservative economic theory, confirming that lowering tax rates on the wealthy does nothing to grow the economy while doing a great deal to concentrate more wealth in the pockets of those at the very top of the income chain."

    November 4, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
  2. 4Godsake

    Ana Navarro, talks about it good to show bi-partisan. Well Ana Where were the bi-partisan Republicans when Obama's Administration needed help to prevent a terribly failing economy, thanks to George Bush, with his jobs bill. As proof in this vido of Paul Ryan fighting for very one of Bush proposal, and against very one of Obama, where was the bi-partisan politics than. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/19/paul-ryan-bush-stimulus_n_1803761.html
    One other thing Ana Navarro WHEN Romney DOES AWAY WITH THE DREAM ACT , not if does away with it, YOUR PEOPLE WILL NOT LOOK AT YOU THE SAME WAY. Just something to think about,=. There something else Christi action DID put a large stab wound in Romney back.

    November 4, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
  3. Silvertongue62

    This is both bitter and sweet. The sad thing is with so much loss of life, property damage, and mounting debt to citizens, nothing will change. Republicans are always calling for smaller government. Right up to the point when they need help. Then they want the government to employ everyone to help them. But as long as government is helping someone else, it's called socialist. This is an example of many in my home state who constantly vote against their interest. But we will still know if New Jersey Learned anything from this or not as well as New York State.

    Will they vote for fixing the infrastructure or tax breaks for the wealthy?
    Will they vote for helping fellow americans or smaller government?

    Where are all of those conservatives that call for smaller government while people are drowning in their living rooms? Where are they? I have seen the liberals out helping and trying to get help for people. Where are those responsible conservative?

    November 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  4. santabogdon

    To see Obama and Christie working together and respecting one another during this crisis is what Americans need and want to see. Putting the critical needs of the American people first –rather than political philosophies and party goals. While it's not hard to agree that the victims of hurricane Sandy need quick and specific kinds of relief, it's a little harder to agree every day on how to help Americans with the needs and issues they are struggling with. Let both parties take note, the spirit we've seen between Obama and Christie in this matter is what we need to see in Washington everyday. Please put the needs of the American people ahead of your feuds, egos, self-promotion and grand standing. Here's hoping this coming together of Obama and Christie will bring quick relief to the people who are hurting after hurricane Sandy and that politicians will see and take note that this is the spirit of cooperation they need to bring to the job everyday in Washington for the good of all Americans.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply

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