Chris Christie Wins Stuffed Bear For President Obama

Gov. Chris Christie saved President Barack Obama from arcade-game humiliation, winning the commander in chief a stuffed "Chicago" bear in a football tossing game after Obama went 0-for-5 on the Point Pleasant boardwalk.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

U.S. President Barack Obama holds up a stuffed bear that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie won at the boardwalk during their visit to Point Pleasant, NJ., on May 28, 2013.

Does it count as an endorsement?

On a tour through the rebuilt New Jersey shoreline, Gov. Chris Christie saved President Barack Obama from arcade-game humiliation, winning the commander in chief a stuffed “Chicago” bear in a football tossing game after Obama went 0-for-5 on the Point Pleasant boardwalk.

In town to inspect Hurricane Sandy recovery, Obama and the Republican governor appeared to be the best of friends Tuesday, smiling and backslapping their way across the Garden State. At the boardwalk, the pair visited a half-finished sand sculpture and the “TouchDown Fever” game. As Christie threw the football through the tire on his first and only attempt, Obama gave him a high five ending in clasped hands. He added of Christie, “That’s because he’s running for office.” He left out, “as a Republican.”

Christie, who is a sure-thing to win a second term in the governors mansion this November, is indeed a Republican, though it may have been hard to tell. His opponent, Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono, was nowhere to be seen Tuesday as Obama jogged down the steps of Air Force One to shake Christie’s hand and give him a buddy-buddy slap on the shoulder.

The pair has been friendly since the devastating hurricane hit barely a week before the 2012 election, when Obama pledged swift and massive support and the Romney-surrogate reciprocated with a hug and praise of Obama’s presidential leadership. “The Hug” cost Christie, a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, support within his own party and with the conservative grassroots saying he should have been less enthusiastic about Obama after the storm. Christie has said he was only doing right by his state.

Despite being the odds-on favorite in November, Christie isn’t taking any chances. He stars along with his family in a $25 million state-funded campaign to highlight the revitalized Jersey Shore before the summer tourist season.

Buono told reporters last week that she was “not disappointed” with Obama for meeting with Christie. Her campaign said she was scheduled to meet with Obama before his remarks at the Asbury Park Convention Hall Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: According to a senior administration official, Buono was part of a group of approximately 30 Democratic and Republican state and local officials who met briefly with Obama before his speech Tuesday. There was a photo line, but no separate meeting, the official added.

29 comments
forgottenlord
forgottenlord

2 for 22 in hoops and 0 for 5 in football.... I'm actually a little concerned.  It's not usual for someone who had fairly reasonable hand-eye coordination before to seem to suddenly lose it all.

Mark Jenkins
Mark Jenkins

Nonsense!! Stop trying blow up things in order to embarrass PRESIDENT Obama..

Joe Flanagan
Joe Flanagan

Didn't he do the same thing for Obama in November?

David Houghton
David Houghton

^ this coming from quite possibly the most venomous person on the TIME feed... classic. Tell us all again how much you hate the poor, women, and minorities.

Farrah KC
Farrah KC

now that is news! (Of the happy, we are all Americans and life is awesome variety)

Johnathan Rains
Johnathan Rains

I like how presidents just walk around and pretend everything is normal when they are under investigation for three scandals all at once.

khenricks1719
khenricks1719

Anyone who knocks Christie for working with Obama -- for the good of his OWN STATE -- is a MORON.   People like that are the PROBLEM in this country -- they are more concerned with the black man in the White House than they are with our COUNTRY.    I like Christie -- and if the rest of the republiTARD party wasn't so ridiculous & SO obstructive, I'd actually consider voting for him in 2016. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

I'm glad to see that there are some Republicans who aren't into selling hate.

If he ran in 2016, I still wouldn't vote for him because I'd have to accept the Insane Klown Posse that is the rest of the GOP.

edwardfayres
edwardfayres

I can't wait until Congressman Daryell Issa, R-CA, calls the bear into testify before his committee.

dregstudios1
dregstudios1

Why does Christie face the heckling of his own party for showing bipartisanship?  Will we ever see functioning politics in our country again?  The fringe element within the GOP has pushed them all to the far right of the isle where they’ve gridlocked our government for two years now making a mockery of our system.  Will the next two be any different?  They’ve been very public about their main goal being to block and bamboozle the President’s every move when the Middle Class NEEDS relief.  It takes many hands to paint the Blackface on Obama.  See his makeup session at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

Sherm
Sherm

@khenricks1719 Consider this:  when Bush 43 was president, Nancy Pelosi ran the opposition in congress and did the exact same stuff the GOP does to Pres. Obama now.  Both sides are guilty of putting party over country.  And race has nothing to do with it.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sherm

If you go on a case by case comparison, you may find reasonable comparables to most activities the Republicans are pulling.  The difference, however, is in degree and scale.  Pelosi never expected 100% of her conference to vote against Bush's bills - ditto Reid.  The Democrats were willing and did occasionally work with Bush.  They never had a 100% opposition rate.

Yes, Democrats showboat just like Republicans and yes there are a lot of times votes are made because of the political rather than policy reasons.  But no, you cannot claim that what Boehner and McConnell are doing in Congress comes close to what the Democrats did back in their time.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Sherm@khenricks1719Nancy Pelosi ran the opposition in congress and did the exact same stuff the GOP does to Pres. Obama now

Really?  Perhaps this is true in bizarro world, but the facts fail to back up your conjecture.  Your short-term memory loss and use of false equivalence are serious impediments to making a valid point.