- Jan 2010
Chris Christie’s liberal buddy
By E.J. Dionne Jr.
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Coben is a liberal, but he explained why he likes Christie in verypersonal op-ed published in the New York Times shortly after Christie won election as New Jersey’s governor in 2009. Here are a few paragraphs:
Whenever a new kid showed up at school, Chris was the first to greet him. Watch video of Chris on the campaign trail — he still finds the person in the back corner, the ill-at-ease one, and shakes his hand, brings him into the fold. On election night, when I entered his hotel suite, I was that person. Because of some weird hate mail after a TV appearance — I made the mistake of admitting to Sean Hannity that I voted for Barack Obama — I decided not to publicly support either candidate, even backing out of a fund-raiser Chris and I were hosting together.
Chris didn’t look at this as a betrayal. He understood my problem. When I entered the hotel suite on election night, he saw that I felt awkward and, as he did so many years ago on that baseball field, my roly-poly friend rushed over and made me feel welcome.
Cue the big bearhug.If Christie does run, I imagine his campaign will e-mail Coben’s piece around in a big way. Coben may be called in to testify on behalf of his friend’s character to groups that are skeptical about him, a class to which I belong. But there was something in Coben’s piece that made me think Christie can walk away from all this – and that he will. And if Christie does run, it won’t be the first time he proved a liberal wrong.
Chris Christie’s liberal buddy - PostPartisan - The Washington Post
Okay, that's a good testimonial on Christie's character.