William Palatucci, Gov. Chris Christie’s close personal and political confidante, told The Auditor that Republican leadership had inquired with the governor about rebutting President Obama’s big speech on Tuesday.
“They tried to see if there was some interest, and there wasn’t any,” Palatucci said.
He said Christie wants to stick to New Jersey.
“The governor is in the midst of his legislative agenda,” Palatucci said. “There’s no reason to try to get involved in federal issues.”
Although Christie has not shied from the national spotlight, Palatucci said the governor does not want to become entangled in the federal debate. Responding to the president’s speech would do just that.
I don’t buy the bit about not wanting to get immersed in federal issues, because he’s shown he’ll pop off at the mouth whenever he wants. I do, however, think he was pretty smart to turn this down. No one looks good rebutting the SOTU. It’s so painful to watch that I can never figure out why the opposition even bothers.