11:25 am Nov. 19, 20121
Rep. Pete King believes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is interested in running for president in 2016, but doesn't assume Christie was thinking about his political future when the governor conspicuously cheered President Obama's leadership after Hurricane Sandy.
"I've had some differences with Governor Christie in the past, but in fairness to Governor Christie, I don't think he was thinking of 2013, as far as his re-election," said King, who engaged in a public war of words with Christie earlier this year, after revelations that the New York Police Department was conducting certain surveillance operations in New Jersey.
King, who was answering Twitter questions after an appearance on ABC's "This Week," said Christie's "immediate goal was to get whatever assistance he could for his state, having the president there, showing him his state."
"If he was thinking politically, he probably should not have been as friendly to President Obama as he was, if he was thinking politically," King said. "Because that could hurt him in 2016. That's why I give him a clean bill of health on that one. Because if he really was thinking cynically, he would not have been as friendly to President Obama as he was."
King said he was reluctant to analyze the political effects of Christie's response, because "to me, you should never make excuses especially after a presidential election," he said.