New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has spent much of the year assailing President Obama's leadership as a top campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney, praised the president's response to Hurricane Sandy in a couple of morning show interviews earlier today.
"The president has been great," said Christie on "Morning Joe."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg reaffirmed today that he does not subscribe to the increasingly popular notion that legalized gambling would bolster the state’s economy. His position puts him at odds with the state’s legislative leaders, who are reportedly inching ever closer to putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize it.
Chris Christie’s plan to save Atlantic City, unlike much he has proposed in the course of becoming a national political force, is not particularly conservative. It is also not gratuitously provocative, and does not lend itself to YouTube virality.
What it is—like every other Atlantic City scheme to have come out of the New Jersey Statehouse in the last few years—is a plan born of desperation and necessity.
"You should have seen the Atlantic Ocean in those days," Lou, an aging small-time gangster played by Burt Lancaster, says wistfully in Louis Malle's 1981 masterpiece “Atlantic City.” He is recalling the pulsating days of Prohibition, when a local political boss named Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, whose reach extended to the State House and beyond, strolled on the Boardwalk in the company of Al Capone. "Now it's all so goddamn legal."