Last year, Barbara Walters declared him one of the year’s 10 most-interesting people.
He’s been called a GOP savior.
And alternately: Lucky, a bully and a master politician.
Now, GQ has a new honor to bestow on Chris Christie, the popular Republican governor of New Jersey: Boss of the Year 2013.
“ Christie might be the only politician in America who had a good 2013,” the magazine noted, citing his handling of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and “browbeating” Congress to approve an aid package for his state’s battered coastline. “ Nationally, he was a lone voice of reason in an increasingly insane GOP, picking fights with everyone from John Boehner (over that Sandy relief) to Rand Paul (national security). Along the way, he turned himself into that most unlikely of pols: a happy warrior.”
The magazine even compares the 51-year-old governor on one post-Sandy stroll along the Ocean City boardwalk to Charles de Gaulle’s trip down the Champs-Elysees during the liberation of Paris in World War II.
Christie won a 22-percentage point victory over Democratic challenger Barbara Buono, a state senator from Metuchen, on Nov. 5 and he quickly shot to the leaderboard of Republican speculation over potential 2016 presidential candidates.
He’d staked his re-election largely on his Sandy rush of good will and his performance following the storm, which killed 38 people in his state, left millions without power for days and crippled mass transit.