Christie on Obama: ‘People have different skills sets at different times’ (VIDEO)

December 7, 2012

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) offered praise to President Obama following Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Garden State, it was a departure from the normally critical posture the governor had taken toward the president and it prompted widespread attention. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart asked Christie on Thursday what the contrast told us about the political "game."

"What it tells me is that people have different skill sets at different times," Christie said.

The audience laughed.

Stewart responded: "I see. So, he wasn't a leader until you needed leadership?"

"Maybe until until he was presented with a stark opportunity to lead," replied Christie.

Christie and Stewart covered a lot of ground during Thursday's interview, ranging from the impact of Sandy to health care policy.

Next Wednesday, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) -- Christie's friendly rival and potential gubernatorial opponent -- will appear on "The Daily Show."

Check out the Christie interview below. The exchange about Obama comes toward the end of the first clip.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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