New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is far from giving up his bully pulpit in the news media.
Time magazine has plastered Christie, arguably America’s most prominent governor, across its latest cover with his stoic, no-nonsense signature look. Time credits him for his bipartisanship in the months following Superstorm Sandy, thrusting him into the national spotlight.
To match the governor's brash style, "THE BOSS." is stamped loudly underneath a mugshot-style I-mean-business shot of the Republican.
The weekly news magazine deemed him "the master of disaster" on its cover as well in reference to how he has handled Sandy.
Time revealed the cover of its Friday edition on Wednesday, a day after the outspoken governor delivered his State of the State address.
"There is no question that Sandy hit us hard — but there is also no question that we're fighting back with everything we've got," he said.
Christie recounted a series of experiences he had while touring the devastation at the Jersey Shore, thanked the responders who helped get residents back on their feet, touted a list of accomplishments since the October storm, and discussed future goals to further repair the region that was ravaged by a once-in-a-century storm.
The take-away of the speech, though, was that it's time to forget about petty Democrat-Republican disagreements for the sake of the greater good.
Wednesday morning he bolstered his message by making the rounds in a media blitz, appearing on five morning talk shows, as well as taking a trip to Belmar, one of the hardest-hit towns at the Jersey Shore.
Christie has been lauded for putting politics aside and putting his residents first in recent months. Christie unapologetically blasted House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans last week
for not voting immediately on a $60 billion Sandy relief aid package. That same day, $9 billion in relief was passed for the state at an emergency meeting, with the remaining $51 billion to come.
"Sandy is and was above politics and should be, and if my party isn't putting it above politics they're going to hear from me," he said on CBS.
"We now look forward to what we hope will be quick Congressional action on a full, clean Sandy aid bill — now, next week — and to enactment by the president," he said Tuesday. "We have waited 72 days, seven times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina waited."
Christie's foray on the national stage has many asking him about whether he will seek a presidential nomination in 2016. Repeatedly, he has asserted that his job is to be New Jersey governor, despite that his approval ratings are higher than ever.
In late August, Christie got flak for his speech at the Republican National Convention in which he touted his own accomplishments, especially in weakening the teachers union, more than presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. After Sandy hit, he praised President Barack Obama for swift attention to the battered state, another reason why some conservatives said Romney lost the race.
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