Baring the teeth of an attack dog and the charm of a professional schmoozer, Gov. Christie appeared on MSNBC this morning to push his GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. And at every turn, whether in his attacks on Romney rival Newt Gingrich or in the way he teased the "Morning Joe" cast, he demonstrated just how remarkably different he is from Romney himself.
The appearance was prompted by a text message that Christie, a regular "Morning Joe" watcher, sent to host Joe Scarborough last week questioning him for the show's supposed liberal bias: "Who’s next this morning on 'Morning Joe' to talk about the GOP race, [liberal fundraiser] George Soros?"
But once on the show Christie criticized Obama's political style more than his liberal policies, suggesting that legislators don't make good presidents because they don't have experience compromising to get things done.
Christie contrasted such political style with Romney himself, saying: "The speaker of our state assembly called me 'mentally deranged' in the newspaper, our senate president called me a 'rotten [prick]'...do I then say to myself, 'You know what? I'm not going to talk to them anymore?' No. When you're the executive you don't have that option. And my quarrel with the president is he has not stepped up and led."