Gov. Chris Christie, the New Jersey Republican who took political shots for embracing President Barack Obama days after Hurricane Sandy, brought in a little star power today as rocker Jon Bon Jovi co-headlined a bill-signing ceremony.
The event, at which Christie enacted a measure exempting those at the scene of a drug overdose from prosecution if they call 911, is the latest event at which he’s joined with prominent Democrats and their supporters. The governor said Bon Jovi, who partnered with Democratic predecessor Jon Corzine and has hosted fundraisers for Al Gore, was influential in reversing his veto of an earlier version of the measure.
“I have always been willing to accept support from anyone who’s willing to give that support I good will and an honest way. If a Democrat is willing to offer that support I’ll accept it,” Christie told reporters. “I don’t think that would diminish my base.”
Republican critics accused Christie of aiding the enemy last fall when he complimented Obama’s handling of Sandy days before the election after spending a year stumping for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. This week Christie said Obama as “kept every promise” following the storm.
Earlier this week, Christie appeared with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to announce the approval of $1.8 billion in federal Sandy aid. Yesterday, he joined Democratic lawmakers and the mayor of Camden to announce a new county-level police force. His professed “friends” across the aisle also include Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who’s endorsed his rival in the November election.
Christie held a 32 percentage point lead over his lone challenger for re-election ahead of the November contest, state Sen. Barbara Buono of Metuchen, an April 24 poll from Quinnipiac Universityl found. Bon Jovi offered no endorsement, though a group of Democratic mayors and local leaders in Harrison and Chesilhurst have done so.