In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was ripped by Greta Van Susteren for hugging President Obama, and Thursday, Van Susteren apologized to Christie saying, “That’s no hug — and I gotta say I’m sorry about the hug.”
Christie corrected the record, saying, “It’s a handshake, as you can see, and I think that’s what civilized people do when someone comes to your state to offer help.”
Greta Van Susteren: You mentioned President Obama, (inaudible) that hug- that picture- (inaudible)- you know I looked at it last night and I said, that’s no hug- and I gotta say I’m sorry about the hug.
Governor Christie: Well thank you Greta, I appreciate that, and you know what — it’s a handshake, as you can see, and I think that’s what civilized people do when someone comes to your state to offer help. You shake their hand and you welcome them- which is what I did. And as I told you before, when we discussed this — I wouldn’t do anything differently that I did that day. I acted as a principled leader for the people of my state who had suffered the worst natural disaster in our state’s history and the second worst in American history. You know, we lost 365,000 homes in 24 hours. We’re still rebuilding as you can see here, nearly 3 years later — and so I appreciate the apology, I wouldn’t do anything differently, I would welcome the President of the United States no matter what party their in, but no body except for Paul Ryan worked harder for Mitt Romney than I did, and our country would be a heck of a lot better right now if Mitt Romney were President of the United States and I’d be thrilled if he was.
Greta Van Susteren: Well, I obviously I don’t like to get it wrong, and I think at least I have been unfair to you on that so called hug. That’s no hug.
Governor Christie: Thanks Greta, I appreciate it.