Hundreds of Monmouth County residents got the hell off the beach this morning to witness Adam Schneider, the Democratic Mayor of Long Branch, endorse Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, for another four year term leading the Garden State.
Christie was swarmed by boardwalk visitors anxious for a photograph and to shake his hand as he exited his vehicle outside of McLoone’s Pier House. It took him 20 minutes to work through the crowd while making the short walk to the veranda for Schneider’s announcement.
Schneider declared that he is a proud Democrat who took the difficult step of making a cross party endorsement because “Christie doesn’t care what national Republicans think, he is working for the people of New Jersey.”
Schneider said mentioned to a Christie staffer, Christopher Stark, that he might vote for the governor at a meeting in January after Christie chastised House Republicans, particularly Speaker John Boehner, for holding up legislation authorizing federal relief for Superstorm Sandy recovery.
“He wrote that down,” Schneider said of Stark, “I knew I would be hearing from the governor. He called from his cell phone, not a government phone number.”
After agreeing to endorse Christie, Schneider called 30-45 of his Democratic friends to give them the news before it became public. “Some were disappointed. Most said, What’s taken you so long?”
“Since taking office, Governor Christie has been a straightforward and strong voice for our state – telling difficult truths and engaging leaders in both parties and the public
on what was needed to get New Jersey back on the right path,” said Schneider. “This was most apparent just when it was most needed, as our state was dealing with the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Governor Christie’s strong and decisive leadership has helped move our recovery along steadily in affected communities across our state. New Jersey needs Governor Christie for another four years and I am proud to stand with him to keep fighting for our state.”
Answering Schneider’s ‘proud Democrat’ declaration with partisan declaration of his own, Christie said, “I am a proud Republican.”
“But when Sandy hit last October, no one cared if the person who was helping them was a Democrat or a Republican.”
Christie derided partisan governance. “It’s important that we debate our philosophical differences. But once elected we have to work together to get things done. To those who would have us not work together and govern with partisan sniping, You are the politics of yesterday. We are tomorrow!”
“The work we’ve done in this community is an excellent example of what we can accomplish when we focus on partnership, cooperation, and results,” said Christie. “That approach has been vital, not only to actually getting things done for the people we represent, but in setting an example of what a government working for the people looks like. I’m proud that Mayor Schneider has joined the dozens of Democrat elected officials who show great character in crossing the aisle to support the best person, not merely their party.”
To date, twenty seven elected Democrats have endorsed Christie for reelection. Christie’s lead in the independent polls over Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono is 30-40 points.