New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has had some harsh words for both the Obama administration and the Sony corporation, both over recent events in the news.
In what has quickly become an infamous case of submission to terrorist demands, Sony canceled plans for a Christmas release of the Seth Rogen comedy The Interview in the wake of threats from the ìGuardians of Peaceî group, now believed to have ties to the government of North Korea. Prior to the threats, which promised 9/11 style attacks if the movie were to be shown, the Guardians of Peace hacked Sony’s database and stole a potentially devastating amount of sensitive, personal data. Christie has criticized Sony’s appeasing response (as has most of the United States) and said that if he had been President, he would have gone beyond Obama’s response (which was to merely label Sony’s action a mistake) and actually called Sony leadership to meet with him in the White House to discuss the situation and seek a safe way to show the movie despite the threats.
Christie has also blasted the President for normalizing relations with Cuba. In particular, the Governor notes that Cuba has granted political asylum for 30 years to Joanne Chesimard, convicted in the 1970’s of killing a New Jersey state trooper before successfully breaking out of prison and fleeing to the island nation. Christie harshly asserts that it is unacceptable to seek cordial relations with a country that has knowingly harbored ñ and continues to harbor ñ a cop killer.
Governor Christie’s sharp criticism of the President ñ delivered in his characteristic, no-nonsense style – is a possible indicator of his intention to run in the 2016 presidential election. A Republican hoping for the nod can scarcely go wrong criticizing Obama, and concerning Christie’s remarks on the Sony incident, the nation’s almost unilateral backlash against the cancellation of The Interview makes weighing in on that issue a safe way to score political points.
Chris Christie is noted for being often abrasive and unapologetic in his statements, which could cost him in the race. Of potentially greater concern, however, is the fact that many Republicans still have not forgotten his words of praise for Barack Obama during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when Christie expressed gratitude for the help of the Federal government. Speaking just weeks ahead of a presidential election, Obama received a conspicuous bump in the polls and went on to narrowly win reelection.