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Laying the groundwork for Christie 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, considered a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, if Mitt Romney should lose the current election—this week wrapped President Barack Obama in a warm embrace, publicly praising the president's response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

Not only did Christie publicly praise the president on several occasions, but also he said, to Fox News, “I have no idea [if Mitt Romney plans to visit New Jersey after Sandy], nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I have a job to do in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. I could care less about any of that stuff … If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”

The timing of Hurricane Sandy has been unlucky for Romney, who not only has had to watch the president behaving presidentially, but also has had his previous remarks on federal disaster response (he's in favor of killing FEMA and handing the job of disaster response to cash-strapped state and city governments) dredged up and hurled back in his face.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“I have no idea [if Mitt Romney plans to visit New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy], nor am I the least bit concerned or interested.”

— New Jersey governor Chris Christie


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