New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on all three network morning shows on Wednesday and was greeted in each interview by the host seizing on his harsh words for congressional Republicans over a delayed vote on Hurricane Sandy relief.
On NBC’s Today, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: “You’re not happy, it seems, with the course of the Republican Party right now. You blasted some Republicans in Congress last week after their inaction over Hurricane Sandy. You said they showed ‘callous indifference, selfishness, duplicity,’ they were, ‘practicing toxic politics.’ Strong letter to follow. Those aren’t the words of a guy who’s happy with his party.”
On ABC’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos similarly declared: “…you were very tough on the House Speaker John Boehner, on the issue of Sandy aid. And you took on what you called the toxic and internal politics of House Republicans. What specifically do you want your party in Washington to learn?”
On CBS’s This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell got a little more colorful when she observed: “…you really spanked the Republicans in Congress, and said it was disgraceful that they didn’t pass the whole relief bill. There are some Republicans who said you went a little bit overboard criticizing fellow Republicans. Was that the right thing to do?”
All three networks also pressed the Governor on upcoming debt ceiling negotiations and fretted over congressional Republicans demanding spending cuts