Christie’s Cuomo Diplomacy

A Small Window Into Chris Christie’s Approach to Forging Unlikely Alliances with Democrats

By Matt Rooney, SaveJersey.com

Christie (495x640)Chris Christie’s independent streak continues to confound liberals and conservative alike, Save Jerseyans.

Just the latest example: sometime yesterday, New York’s Capitol Confidential blog (hosted by The Albany Times Union) highlighted a Glens Falls Chronicle interview with the political director for the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitter.

The relevance for New Jersey political watchers? Governor Christie purportedly called this gentlemen to thank him for union donations to the Sandy relief effort. I’m sure you’ll find the details of their convo (as recalled by the political director, Mr. Bulman) as interesting as we did:

[Bulman] said when he told Mr. Christie he is from upstate New York, “he said, ‘I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.’ ” Mr. Bulman said Gov. Christie “sees value in the building trades, which are private sector unions. He complimented us and said he uses us as an example of a pro-business union.

Mr. Bulman, asked if he thinks Gov. Christie will run for president, said, “I don’t know, but he talked about Israel, and he wanted to make sure we knew he had been traveling abroad.”

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UPDATE: Christie explains his comments about Cuomo

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie’s Cuomo Diplomacy

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