by Phillip Singleton
I believe Abe Lincoln said it best, “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” This year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has showed the character of a great politician despite lame-duck-gridlocked partisan politics throughout the nation.
In February, he ordered the state flag be set at half-mast in tribute to the late R&B singer Whitney Houston. While his Republican Convention speech seemed to put him in the spotlight to be the Presidential nominee in 2016, he was genuine with his message that some things in America need to change.
Then in the midst of the final week of a pivotal Presidential election Governor Christie, along with millions of other people along the East Coast, were graced with the wrath that is Hurricane Sandy. Some politicians would try to capitalize on this natural disaster and spin it on the other party – “Hurricane Sandy is from Global Warming and the policies President Obama put in place. Obamacare has helped lower the gas price, meaning more people are driving, meaning more CO2 in the air, meaning he caused Hurricane Sandy.” They would have probably pushed the envelope asking people to continue to Early Vote despite 8 million people being without power.
Governor Christie’s response to the dilemma Hurricane Sally has caused the election: “I don’t give a damn about Election Day.”
Wait what?! A Republican politician who Tuesday praises the efforts of the Democratic President then follows up with a statement letting everyone know that he’s more worried about people’s safety over the election.
In essence, Governor Christie might be the last true politician left. Not swayed by the ideological beliefs of his party. Not saving face to say the President actually did a good job. Most importantly, actually caring about the people who are affected by this disaster.
With this election less than a week away, all Americans should take a moment to further analyze every candidate on their ballot. Do we want to elect more candidates like Chris Christie, a people person or the same old political regime aka left and right wing nuts.
Your decision, Your voice, Your vote?
(Phillip Singleton is a 27-year-old lobbyist in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also known in several circles as the Hip Hop Lobbyist.)