Chris Christie's moment
Gov. Christie faces a major moment of his political career this week when a Category One hurricane squarely lands on his state's 127-mile shoreline. Many of us don't realize the ways government interacts with our lives until an elected official pulls the levers of power during an emergency. Christie has already been involved in shutting down much of the Garden State Parkway, the Atlantic City casinos, the Holland Tunnel into New York City, all government properties and, if you live on a barrier island down at the Shore, your house. And the full brunt of the storm is still miles off our coast. The extent of the Christie response, good or bad, has yet to be realized. Regardless, there will be political implications. President George W. Bush scored political points by the way he handled the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11; the same president lost points by the way he mishandled the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A blunt and confident Christie has been the most visible of perhaps any elected official so far during Hurricane Sandy. Especially if New Jersey gets hit harder than any state, Christie may become the political face of the storm. If Christie has future political aspirations (and why wouldn't he?), these are the moments that demonstrate the makings of a commander-in-chief.