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November 1, 2012

Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy devastated the East Coast with a multi-billion dollar disaster that has taken dozens of lives, injured thousands more, and left millions homeless and powerless. In the wake of this disaster, a few major political figures have stepped up and taken charge of the situation in order to care for Americans in distress. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama have gotten the lion’s share of the attention.

Meanwhile, Governor Chris Christie has gotten a lot of attention for his aggressive response to the storm, as well as his praise for President Obama’s personal attention to New Jersey and the other coastal states. When disaster strikes, real leaders understand that politics doesn’t matter — people do.

Christie has done such an incredible job for the people of New Jersey, that Jon Stewart praised him effusively in a segment called “A Daily Show Tribute to Institutional Competence.”

Well, today, in gratitude for his epic leadership (even though I strongly disagree with his politics), I would just like to share my own tribute to a leader who is frequently mocked  for his weight*, but who has spent the last week leading his state toward security and stability.

So here’s to fatties in power, kicking ass and defying the haters. Thank you, Governor Chris Christie, for showing us what a real leader looks like.

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*Even in the midst of this disaster, The Huffington Post seems to have two photoshops of Chris Christie being a gluttonous pig (1, 2) embedded in otherwise serious story about Christie’s leadership. Then there are the hi-larious Tweets about how Governor Christie cancelled Halloween because he’s such a fat bastard.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. vesta44 permalink
    November 1, 2012 11:13 am

    Right, because it’s just so safe for kids to go out trick or treating when their neighborhoods are flooded, power lines are down, trees are uprooted, and no one’s home anyway. But that’s what Halloween’s all about, right? Scaring the shit out of kids and putting their safety at risk?(/sarcasm) Halloween trick or treating was probably the last thing on most kids’ minds at the time, most of them were probably more worried about where they were going to sleep and whether they were even going to be able to get a hot meal, let alone were they going to be able to dress up and go to their neighbors’ houses and ask for candy.

  2. lifeonfats permalink
    November 1, 2012 8:25 pm

    And at the same time people are whining about no trick-or-treating, they also whine about how bad Halloween candy is for kids. I told one woman on Facebook to stop clutching her pearls over fat kids for ONE DAY and let them enjoy their childhood and their Halloween candy. I’m so tired of the anti-fat town criers. If they would mind their own damn business and worry about themselves we’d be a lot better off. And as for Chris Christie, it would be nice if his brief moment of bipartisanship would rub off on the other fright-wingers. People are suffering. It’s time to stop worrying about gay couples and lady plumbing for a while.

  3. Leila Haddad permalink
    November 2, 2012 8:31 am

    As a resident of Jerssey City I can tell you that even though I despise Chris Christie his performance has been top knotch both in the preparation and the recovery after this disaster. And I am so grateful. SO Fing grateful that Obabma is our president right now. I cannot imagine the shape my fair state would be in if this was not the case..shudder,, Bush Katrina NO….Also, thanks for the slide show Shannon, brought a tear to my eye.

  4. Kala permalink
    November 2, 2012 11:37 pm

    His views on mostly everything might be awful in my book, but at least it’s clear he actually cares about the people of NJ for some reason other than wanting to be re-elected. That’s more than a lot of politicians in the national spotlight can claim.

    • Kala permalink
      November 2, 2012 11:39 pm

      Also, Huffington Post is full of morons. Ugh, those pictures. Arianna can keep pretending her website is some kind of actual journalistic endeavor.

      • November 3, 2012 9:52 pm

        Occasionally they land a decent story, but it’s mostly just an aggregator and semi-social platform. And remember how they turned AOL around?

        Peace,
        Shannon

    • November 3, 2012 9:51 pm

      That’s the thing, I totally disagree with his politics, but he seems like a legitimate politician, not an obstructionist teabagger. Plus, I would imagine he’s centrist on social issue. Did you hear about his defense of Judge Sohail Mohammed? You can read the full account here, but he was nominated to the state’s supreme court and a bunch of rabid, racist Republicans accused him of wanting to install Shariah law? So, a journalist asked Christie whether he supported Mohammed, and his response is just epic.

      There used to be a kind of Republican that Democrats would work with, and over the past few decades, they’ve gradually been phased out by the more radical obstructionist ones. I hope the Republican Party of Chris Christie comes back soon because I’m tired of feeling totally terrified of the alternative to Democrats.

      Peace,
      Shannon

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