Foes to friends

Gov. Chris Christie, who this week exchanged mutual admiration with President Obama over their respective handling of Hurricane Sandy, also picked up two new endorsements this week, one form a longtime foil.

During a trip to Bergen County to tour the aftereffects of the storm, state Sen. Paul Sarlo, who is also the mayor of Wood-Ridge, heaped praise on the governor for keeping in touch with local mayors as the state begins the long recovery from the storm.

“You’re doing a great job,” Sarlo said while shaking the governor’s hand. “I’m serious. I mean, those calls, I was on every one of them until I lost everything. But really, you have done a great job – the phone calls, the shore stuff. We got hit hard.”

This is the same Paul Sarlo who has several times been on the sharp end of a Christie jab, most recently in June, when the governor called Sarlo an “arrogant S.O.B.” over comments the Bergen senator made about a proposed tax cut. 

Sarlo has given as good as he has gotten, attacking Christie over revenue shortfalls and unemployment numbers and was a key roadblock to the implementation of Christie’s proposed tax cut.  But Thursday, at least, Sarlo was a fan.

The governor also gained another supporter this week and this one may trump all others.  At a concert in Rochester, Christie idol Bruce Springsteen lauded the governor’s response to the hurricane, according to a report on Blue Jersey.

“We’ll send this out to all the people working down there: the police officers, the firemen, and also to the Governor, who has done such a hard job this past week,” Springsteen said.

The governor is perhaps Springsteen’s biggest fan and has long sought a relationship with the New Jersey-born singer.  But Springsteen has done worse than attack the governor, he has until now all but ignored him.

"Sit down and shut up!"
—Gov. Chris Christie, to a Hurricane Sandy heckler