Christie is no doubt operating under the same thinking I learned from my old high school football coach: Praise in public; criticize in private. I knew that it would be unwise to nitpick the people with whom my state would be partnered for years, especially when those people did more right than wrong. …

As governor, Christie’s first responsibility is to the 8.8 million residents of New Jersey. …

This week, the Obama administration suddenly acquired decision-making authority over many future events in New Jersey because of the incredible number of programs and projects provided under federal disaster assistance laws — authority the next administration will have as well.

Many decisions will have enormous financial consequences for the states and localities affected by Sandy. …

Republicans worried that Christie saying anything favorable about Obama is politically disloyal need to remember that a governor’s first responsibility is to his or her state and its people. Those in the media looking to determine political winners and losers in this situation should stop. We Republicans ought to be proud of public officials who, like Christie, are faithful to the job they’re elected to do.