3 reasons Chris Christie is still being nice to Obama

Once again, the Republican New Jersey governor embraces the Democratic president — making GOP hardliners livid

President Obama, Gov. Chris Christie
(Image credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama toured parts of the Jersey Shore with Chris Christie on Tuesday, rekindling an unlikely bromance that began when the Democratic president and New Jersey's Republican governor worked together on Hurricane Sandy relief last year. Political strategists said the visit gave Obama an opportunity to shift attention from a flurry of scandals in Washington toward a bipartisan cause — disaster relief. But the meeting risked renewing the anger of Republicans, some of whom were furious at Christie for praising Obama when the two teamed up last year, shortly before the November election.

Christie even won the president a stuffed Teddy bear this time around by tossing a football through a tire at a boardwalk arcade booth. So what did Christie get out of the outing? Reuven Fenton and S.A. Miller at the New York Post explain that Christie, who's running for another term next year, couldn't lose by making nice with a president who's popular with New Jersey's voters.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.