Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh has said that Governor Chris Christie's effusive praise of Obama's response to the Sandy disaster may be motivated by gay feelings for the President.
According to Limbaugh, there is "man love" between New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama.
Limbaugh's provocative comment came on the Wednesday edition of his radio show after Christie praised Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy. Christie, who last year accused Obama of "sitting on the sidelines" and failing to provide leadership for America, praised Obama for calling him several times after the storm.
IB Times reports President Obama has stopped campaigning and has been touring areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, including New Jersey, the state worst hit by the Sandy devastation.
Limbaugh, evidently peeved by Christie's praise of Obama's efforts to provide federal assistance through FEMA to affected areas, accused him of playing the "role of Greek Column for President Obama." He said: “Let’s just put it this way: Is it wrong for one man to love another man? That man love out there is isolated in the state of New Jersey.”
Limbaugh criticized Christie and Obama's tour of the New Jersey disaster areas, suggesting it was needless because the area is populated mostly by wealthy "one percenters." Limbaugh claimed that Obama's visit to the Jersey shore was only a publicity stunt. He said: “President Obama and the Greek column Chris Christie will be walking the coastline, viewing properties owned by the 1 percenters."
Limbaugh's criticism of Governor Christie is informed by the fact that Christie is a leading member of the Republican Party who had once been touted as running mate to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He gave the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
His recent praise of Obama has upset many Republicans who see it, coming just a few days before the November 6 election, as betrayal of the party.
Christie's recent comments have been interpreted in some quarters as suggesting a rift between him and Mitt Romney. But Raw Story reports that in an attempt to stop speculations that he may be "playing politics" with his remarks, Christie told a Fox News host on Tuesday, “If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don’t know me."
Limbaugh also claimed in the same segment that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had endorsed Mitt Romney. He said, "Bloomberg has also endorsed Romney, by the way.” But 24 hours later, Bloomberg announced his support for President Obama, Raw Story reports.
Analysts say that Christie's praise of Obama is unlikely to have any impact on the elections.