Christie’s reaction to the Republican reaction

Briefing: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. (nj.com)
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Andrew Cuomo is hearing it from the left, and Chris Christie is hearing it from the right.

Michael Barbaro reports that Christie was surprised by the negative reaction from some Republicans officials and donors after he embraced Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Rep. Peter King told Reid Pillifant yesterday that Christie's post-storm embrace of the president was a genuine moment, but "could hurt him in 2016.")

There's an "of course" graf further down in the Times piece explaining that Christie is a convenient scapegoat for frustrated Romney supporters, and Barbaro also quotes Republicans who said they were more understanding of Christie's actions.

But like Cuomo's de facto opposition to the State Senate Democrats (which Bill Hammond suggests ought to be viewed in the context of that conference's organizational shortcomings), these heresies will certainly come up if and when both men run for president in 2016.

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10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a ceremony honoring FDNY Lieutenant Joseph DiBernardo Jr., Rescue 3 Headquarters, 1655 Washington Avenue, in the Bronx.

10:30 a.m. Rep. Jerry Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and federal Small Business Administration officials tour South Street Seaport businesses, at Pasanella & Sons Vintners, at 115 South Street, in Manhattan.

10:45 a.m. Koo and others deliver donated turkeys, at the Nan Shan Senior Center, at 136-18 39th Avenue, in Flushing, Queens.

11 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Consulate General of Israel speak in "support of Israel's Right to Defend Itself," at 2nd Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets, in Manhattan.

Noon. Governor Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement, inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center, at 655 West 34th Street, in Manhattan.

4:30 p.m. State Senator Eric Adams, NYC Chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement executives will distribute turkeys to hurricane victims, at Calvary Baptist Church, at 773 Hicks Street, in Brooklyn.

6 p.m. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott attends a District 5 Town Hall meeting, at P.S. 125, at 425 West 123rd Street, in Manhattan.

7:15 p.m. Stringer speaks at t a reception in honor of Manhattan Community Board members, at the Museum of Natural History, at 200 Central Park West, in Manhattan.

Washington

Chris Christie called Rupert Murdoch after the News Corp. chairman tweeted that Christie needed to reiterated is support for Mitt Romney. [Michael Barbaro]

Rep. Nan Hayworth tries outlining a Republican platform. [Youtube]

Congressman-elect Chris Collins is raising money to retire his debt. [Jerry Zremski]

Some national conservatives are arguing that moderation is the reason Republicans lost. [Paul Kane and Rosalind Helderman]

Allen West finally concedes in Florida. [Alex Isenstadt]

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Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk gained 60 votes as the recount in her closely watched State Senate race begins. [Jimmy Vielkind]

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York is frustrated the state is continuing to review fracking and worried tabout triggering a new and lengthy round of public comments. [Jon Campbell]

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