Chris Christie: I Never Hugged Obama

The New Jersey governor shrugs off bromance, calls it a "handshake"

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 31, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his greeting of President Barack Obama when the president arrived in Atlantic City to tour the devastation from Hurricane Sandy was not, as many have said, a “hug.”

The potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate made a point to clear up the misconception in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer published Sunday, discussing the approaching one-year anniversary of the storm.

“It was a handshake like you would shake hands with anyone,” he said. “It was a perfectly natural, casual, normal type of greeting between two people. And you know, it’s become legend.”

Christie said the famed snapshot — showing the two leaders gripping hands and Obama with a hand on Christie’s shoulder — portrayed Christie’s bipartisan side, incited anger among some Republicans, and has been a constant source of questioning, even by those who haven’t seen the photo.

“If he deserved to be trashed, I would have, as I had many times before that,” he said. “But he didn’t deserve it.”

In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Christie blamed Congress for the delay in $50.7 billion in Sandy aid, which took three months to approve.

[The Philadelphia Inquirer]

44 comments
reallythough
reallythough

Walking side-by-side they look like the number "10"

itnomatter
itnomatter

How can this guy call himself a Republican if he does not hate?

brucelanc
brucelanc

Yeah.  Humping his leg isn't the same as hugging.

chicoEscuela
chicoEscuela

Most of their hugging has been done in private........say people close to Barack Hussein Obama

MichaelW.Perry
MichaelW.Perry

Look at that picture. Given how fat Christie is, I have trouble imagining him managing to hug anyone. He's shaped like a sumo wrestler.

Christy should not run for President. Most of what's wrong with this country comes from the Democrats, but he illustrates that the disease of bloated, corrupt, meddlesome, incompetent government infects some Republicans too. 

BillCarson
BillCarson

Christie got way too close to Obama.  He should have exercised better judgment.  I'll never support him out West in a primary.

yestradamous
yestradamous

Oh baloney. He practically peed on himself, he was so excited.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Christie: "I did not have sex with that man!".

UnniN
UnniN

Christie's protests are loud but they're not worth a dime

For the truth is (though hugging is hardly a crime),

Chris lunged to embrace

But the President with grace

And agility, managed to step back in time

KennethGlennKoons
KennethGlennKoons

Sure Chris. Say, since you knew that you would swamp the Dem in the guv's race, how come you did not campaign tirelessly or put the same day for the US Senate race as yours ala Lonegan???? You my fine NE moderate will not get my vote but I would not turn you down as a VEEP for Cruz, Rubio, or Kasich.

DavidStewart2
DavidStewart2

But why shouldn't two men hug? I know many people who disagree politically but are still good friends.

AmandaBlankenship
AmandaBlankenship

LOL!! The Republicans in congress did indeed delay the relief funds, because they wanted cuts elsewhere in the budget to "make up" for the Sandy funds. 

Channah
Channah

As I remember it (I saw it), it was a handshake with the right hand and the left arms going around each other.

CherylMyers
CherylMyers

Must be a slow news day in the NJ Gubernatorial campaign. NJ has the highest unemployment rate in the region, poverty at a 52 year high and 17 of 21 Sheriffs are double dipping and this is the story of the day?  

LeslieLeeBell
LeslieLeeBell

Thank God. Wouldn't want Obama coming down with GOP cooties!

Barb
Barb

He didn't hug the President and he does not believe in gay marriage. Right?

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

I am a New Jersey Republican, and I cannot stand Chris Christie.  Even though he puts on the 'Jersey Tough Guy' persona, he is just another blow-hard politician who wants to have it both ways.

If he runs for President in 2016, I will not vote for him, Corey Booker (another sleazy NJ politician), or anyone of the like.  The whole mess that passes for politics in this country disgusts me.

ToddGilbert
ToddGilbert

I don't think Obama could have gotten his arms around him. 

barneydidit
barneydidit

"I did not hug him...I put a hand on his shoulder while he did the same...and I didn't compliment his handling of Hurricane Sandy, possibly giving him the election...I just said "yeah, he hasn't screwed up yet today"".  "So make me your 2016 Presidential nominee...because I'm a true conservative...really I am. 

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

They didn't hug. Don't be ridiculous! They went inside and made out like teenagers.

LesPaulMarshall
LesPaulMarshall

I hope they vote his lard ass out. Wait until primaries, he'll be hanging with Ted and Hank, and hunting at Perry's Hunting lodge, what was that called again?  

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Shorter Christie:  " I am TOO a jerk! "

What a laughable bunch the republicans are. 

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

Via image searching, the closest I'd found were Obama and Christie patting each other on the shoulders simultaneously.  No close hugging, but something almost on par.


Both of them support the sort of "free trade" deals that have resulted in job and wage loss, which by the way also led to the deficit problems people love to whine about...

VeritasVosLiberabit
VeritasVosLiberabit

I do not recall the Republicans repudiating former President Bush for holding hands and kissing Saudi Royalty after the 9/11 internal attack on our Nation. And they complain about Christie shaking hands with the President? So what if a hug was involved? The fact is that the Eastern coast was devastated by hurricane Sandy, not terrorists. It is in the best interest of our Nation to forget partisan fanaticism and come together in the face of natural disasters. Extremists in the GOP has no class.

ChrisWyman
ChrisWyman

You're done bub. Pack ur bags. Christie is one of them now. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

How unhinged does the Republican base have to be to make a sitting governor deny civility with the President of the United States? 

Very.

DaveNohe
DaveNohe

@putupjob Thanks for the link! Pretty much puts to rest the fable of "I didn't hug Obama". Pictures of the two of them walking away from the helicopter with their arms around each others waist reminds me of how I walked with my girlfriend through the hallways of our high school when I wanted to let everyone else know that "she's fine, she's mine, don't even think about!"

connjohn
connjohn

@AmandaBlankenship I think you are mistaken.  The congressmen I heard who initially voted against it was because the bill was loaded with pork for other parts of the country unaffected by Sandy

traderjim7
traderjim7

@mrbomb13 No NJ resident should vote for a politician who increases property taxes, as Christie did.  I would like to move over to NJ, but when I see what they want for property taxes, I stay away.

reallife
reallife

@mrbomb13 he has a better chance to be nominated against Hillary....

in the Democratic primary

LOL

MARIEE
MARIEE

@TyPollard Yea Ty.  I remember all the Dem Governors working so nicely with George Bush.  In Louisiana for instance., Sen. Mary Landrieu said "she wants to punch GW in the face"  those were good times..good times.

CaraClaudel
CaraClaudel

@TyPollard  How uninformed does the Democratic base have to be to think the current POTUS deserves civility after his stealth destruction of America, our security, liberty, and prosperity. Just keep reading the mainstream media and keep believing Obama's actions match his words.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@MARIEE @TyPollard

"Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, a Democrat, said today that she was so angry about federal failures and second-guessing that if she heard any more criticism of local efforts, even from the president, she might "punch" him."

Sure. Christie denies chumminess to someone that helping him save lives, is the same as, Landrieu frustrated by lack of federal help and blaming local officials while praising Brownie.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@CaraClaudel @TyPollard

Humans in a functioning democratic republic deserve civility unless there is proof of stealth destruction of America, our security, liberty, and prosperity. 

Only 20% of this country think there is such proof. They (and you) are unhinged.


CaraClaudel
CaraClaudel

@TyPollard @CaraClaudel , you just said humans deserve civility and then insulted me: typical hypocritical liberal behavior.

The reason most Americans don't know the extreme damage Obama is doing is the that mainstream media is in his pocket and thinks its job is advancing progressive policies, protecting Democrats and attacking conservatives, lying, spinning, smearing, and omitting key facts to do so. Many in the media aren't Marxists, but are gullible liberals, people Marxists call "useful idiots." If you don't seek out conservative media, you have no idea what's going on because the Democrat-controlled mainstream media simply isn't telling you.