Governor Christie said his phone call to President Barack Obama on Wednesday was about business and not political strategy.
Christie congratulated Obama on his victory on Tuesday, and then the two men got down to the business regarding New Jersey’s recovery.
When Christie was asked whether he had spoken to defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who he endorsed for the Presidency in October 2011, he said, according to Bloomberg, “No; we exchanged e-mails last night. We haven’t spoken on the phone yet.”
Christie said that he and Obama talked about rebuilding in the state. He said, according to NorthJersey.com, “I gave an update on where we were on power and fuel and on wastewater treatment and environmental concerns. And then I started to talk to him about the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore, and he told me we’ll have more conversations about that in the days to come.”
The governor’s praise of President Obama last week for his response to Hurricane Sandy has been criticized by some Republicans as helping Obama to win the election. Christie said his praise of Obama had nothing to do with Romney’s loss.
Republicans have also criticized Christie for not making a campaign rally in Pennsylvania the weekend before the election. Christie replied, according to NorthJersey.com, “The idea that me not showing up at a rally in Pennsylvania that I wasn’t invited to would have an effect on a national election, as big as my ego is, not even my ego is that big.”
“My activity with President Obama was just another chapter in the leadership I’ve tried to show in this state, and people care more about getting things done than they care about partisanship,” Christie said, according to the New York Daily News.
When he was asked what went wrong for Romney on Tuesday, Christie said, “He didn’t get enough votes.”