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November 1st, 2012
12:39 PM ET

Michael Moore on Chris Christie and Barack Obama in New Jersey: "What did Mitt Romney do...to piss off Governor Chris Christie?"

On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed filmmaker and documentarian Michael Moore back to the program for his trademark straight-talk commentary and unique political insight.

Earlier in the afternoon, New Jersey's Chris Christie hosted Barack Obama, as the pair toured parts of the Garden State, surveying the damage stemming from Superstorm Sandy. As the governor and president generally sit on opposite sides of the aisle, Moore noted how odd it felt seeing the pair so united:

"It was kind of shocking to see Governor Christie over and over and over again, on show after show after show, heighten his love each time he went on a different show, for President Obama," said Moore.

Over the past year, the public relationship between the governor and the president has been less than cordial, with Christie, as described by Morgan, "burying – verbally – President Obama." Traditionally a staunch Mitt Romney advocate, one wonders how the recent kinship between the Democratic president and GOP surrogate might play politically:

"I think Governor Christie and President Obama both looked very sincere and very concerned," said Moore. "And the cynic would say, what did Mitt Romney do in the last couple of weeks to piss off Governor Chris Christie, because this - because he didn't - he [Christie] didn't have to go the extra mile or actually extra ten miles that he went."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as "Piers Morgan Tonight" continues to detail the devastation and recovery efforts underway in New Jersey following Superstorm Sandy.
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  1. Claudia White

    I was watching your interview last night with Michael Moore and the interview with the Hospital director and though you were trying to get a bad reaction from him. You kept pushing the 'lack of readiness' issue with the director and didn't understand that there was no way for them to have thought that they weren't prepared. Hindsight is 20/20 yet your questioning was in a line without truly understanding the problem. The main thing is that the patients were being taken care of and not being euthanized as they were during Katrina! I also agree with Mr. Moore that seeing your reporter being blown about in Atlantic City and not other places that were also having problems, ie. Breezy PoInt or Long Beach was not showing the complete story as you would have wanted the viewers to believe. You can ask the hard questions but be fair.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Q Public

      That's Morgan's MO, dig and dig to find the dirt on his perceived "enemy". The only enemy here is Morgan, go back across the pond, and take the anti-American Zakaria with you.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Calvin

        LOL @ "the anti-American Zakaria"

        November 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wake up

        What has Morgan and Zakira done to you? They are just telling morons to start seeing where America is going that's all.

        November 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • D

        Don't send him back here, we don't want him. Unless it's to serve a few years for perjury, hacking and generally being a pr*ck

        November 5, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Erico Schulz

      Spot on Claudia! I can't stand Piers Morgan's arrogance, defending bad press in a completely disrespectful way, The media is a Joke, they don't get it! What else do we need to go thru for them to connect with humanity and common sense? They speak on behalf of money and the powerful, it's very sad!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • StartUpFiveOh

      I agree Claudia. Pier Morgan's coverage of Sandy was very disappointing, with so much emphasis on criticizing and digging rather than celebrating the heroic acts at the hospital and the bi-partisan rescue and relief efforts. Piers had a chance to take the high road and inspire us this week, but instead he took the gutter. His tabloid background really came through and it diminished him as a journalist. I've always enjoyed his accent, but this week all I could think was – he's not American. I'll still watch CNN, but going forward will change channels when Piers comes on.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jim

    I hope Obama wins, it took 4 years to recover from Bush, A vote for Romney is a vote for fat cat rule, believe me, if you thought bush was bad, wait and see what Romney does...who he needs to pay for their support... and the hurt You will be in for. Vote Obama and I believe in less then a year, America will once again be a remarkably wonder-filled place to live.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MooreIsLess

      It's very likely you also believe in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny too.

      America has been a "wonder-filled place to live" these past 4 years too. Everyone kept wondering where the jobs were that Obama promised. A Romney win is the only cure for the sickness that is Obama Liberalism.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Stretch

        The jobs Obama promised have been held hostage by the most obstructionist congress in history.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Are you on hallucinogenic medications?

      November 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim Hefling

      KoolAid...your dilusional on Obama Koolaid...they say ignorance is bliss.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. C.Reading

    Does anyone care what Michael Moore has to say about anything? And CNN would be better suited reporting about why our people in Benhgazi were left on their own without any sort of protection in such a hostile environment. There are many questions about this event that should be answered before the election and any 'news' agency that is seriously interested in supplying answers for the American people shpuld be all over this demanding answers from this administration.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MooreIsLess

      What the Benhgazi failure by the Obama administration has done, is to blatantly review the outright partisanship of the mainstream media, as they continue to suppress this headline story. It is waking up even the most unaware Americans to just how prejudicial for Obama the media has been over the past 4 years. In fact, it is so blatant that there may be a public backlash, that will force legislatures to enact new constraints regarding how the media is ALLOWED to cover elections, campaigns. The only cure is to take away the $$$ that funnels into the media's coffers from all the special interest groups and PACs. Cut off the $$$, and the serpent will die. Big Bird has left the building...Time for Obama to follow him.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Barry

    I sawsome of your show last night.
    why did not you ask moore about his bad ad on tv with the elderly.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Q Public

      Because then Morgan would have to admit he's defending the sewer of society and on the wrong side of history.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bifferlyjane

    It has been awesome to see Governor Christie and President Obama working together and showing support for our COUNTRY. It was a rare glimpse of nonparisanship, and a welcoming one. If we can have more cooperation between our two parties, or country can return to the once wonderful country the world looks up to...

    November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Q Public

      Amen. Even though I can't stand Obama, I agree completely this is what our country needs. It's simple, our leaders working together as they used to do so that we will be united again, even in our differences.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • zjparker5310

        You are such an ass, WHAT HAS PRESIDENT OBAMA DONE TO YOU THAT YOU CAN'T STAND HIM, IS IT BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN? GIVE ME A LIST OF ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT PRESIDENT BUSH DID IF YOU CAN AND I BET YOU CAN STAND HIM.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Q Public

        Nothing of the sort, and no I didn't like Bush either. For Obama it's because he's a Marxist, has surrounded himself by Marxists, terrorists (Ayers, Wright, Farrahkan) and race-baiters and has divided this nation instead of uniting it. As his own former college roommates have stated, Obama is NOT a uniter. He was raised in Indonesia and mentored by a Marxist. Even if he means well, his tendencies are to what he learned growing up and toward those he surrounds himself with.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Q Public

        BTW zjparker, I couldn't help but notice you were so quick to pull out the Race card without knowing ANY of the facts. Wake up RACIST!

        November 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kay

        John whats wrong with you ? It's is only SKIN. What did WHITE Bush do? What have you done for America white man ? Bush lied to the American people. He took our young to a war and returned them back in Bodybag. Bush should be charged for War Crime. Bush is not any difrent to Romney. Romney will take our country to war with Iran and moved his money to Israil. Romney wants to do away with FEMA. You must be sitting pretty with Donal Trump ( 1 percent ) shame on you.

        November 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • foxmayan

        Ah, Kay, did you actually READ John's retort? He wasn't the one who played the race card.

        November 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • zjparker5310

      bifferlyjane
      It's so nice to read something so positive about President Obama and Gov. Christie, I live in Jersey this gave me so much hope and joy. MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU

      November 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doug Billow

      Photo-op
      If the Commander or actually Campaigner in Chief wanted to do something, he would have the Armed forces, with their giant helicopters fly in generators, supplies, water pumps, food etc. Also send National Guard with big trucks from unaffected states. He could also try, on the side, protecting Americans, on American soil.

      November 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jay

    It would seem Gov. Chrsitie likes the President because the President holds all the "disaster fund" cards. What good would it do to praise Mitt Romney? It's the current administration that will assist with rebuilding New Jersey. Just seems a no-brainer that Gov. Christie would praise the current administration at this time.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Martha

      How about using your brain ? Gov Chris Christy is not a stupid man or a bigot like you. Checking facts is a good thing.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Robert

    Am I the only one that can see Gov. Christie's self-supporting actions here? I like the guy, but he is obviously pushing for Obama to win next Tuesday; and with good reason. Gov. Christie wants to run for President. If Pres.Obama wins the re-election, Gov. Christie can run in 2016, but, if Romney wins, Gov. Christie will have to wait until 2020 to run.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jake

      Romney is a disgrace Gov Christy can see this. Gov Christy has distanced himself from Romney is for a good reason.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bob Uecker

    He"s done it! 3000 for Robin!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bEN

    Mitt ate the last Devil Dog fat boy got mad.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. E Hill

    When Mitt wins ,he will give fat boy Christy a box of Yodels.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. e hILL

    Barack was in Jersey cause Bloomberg or Cuomo did not want Barack in NY. Barack bribed Fat Boy Christy with a box of Devil Dogs.90 minute tour than on To Vegas for Barack.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dave

    CNN is the last truly fair and balanced network. The Republican/FOX party knows Obama is going to win but they are burying this story as well as the Bloomberg endorsement. Christie and Bloomberg are men of integrity and could never ethically support a weasel like romney. It's not always easy to do what's right but great men rise to the occasion.

    FOX news is not even news anymore. The are the Republican Lap Dog Network.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Del

    I am abroad and will miss voting for the first time ever! I feel sad about that happening,but seeing the country albeit late and only one instance coming together to heal after a storm like what hit the east coast.....I am feeling a small spring of hope! May America heal and unite us into a great nation once again! This is my prayer to you!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Ben

    Obama toured Jersey with fat boy than ran to Vegas to be with his celebrities.People are still starving,freezing and no power.Bloomberg the moron is going ahead with the marathon.If you support these morons you are just as stupid as them.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Peter

    Piers, First on your show you praise Gov. Christie for being a good guy and standing up for the State of NJ then you back stab him stating he is hurting Romney for praising Obama during this crisis. Its a President helping a Governor and State in need...... If Obama is being responsive to the needs of the storm, as he should that's fine . But it still does not erase the failures of the past 4 years.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. louann

    Christie is feathering his nest so he's ready to run in 4 yrs..GoodForHim..he seems caring, sensitive,,,,NJ is a grand state..may tie yrs..but it will become grander than before...

    November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. nohype

    Consider this: The photo op in Brigantine was positioned on an island with only one bridge in or out that was closed near a backdrop of a bird santuary jetting out to sea. Okay Christie and Obama did visit a center housing strays that were supposed to evacuate; that was probably ALL the people that were on the island at that time. To me, that's about as out of touch as you can get. Christie HAD to play by the rules to get the $$$$$ or else.

    November 3, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Lee Templeton

    Do people really believe if Romney would have been President he would not have done the same thing.. I pray Christie comes to his senses and realizes what more years of Obama would mean!! I hope he does something soon!!!!

    November 4, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Carolyn

    Obama and Christie did what was right for America!!! What are you complaining about? If Romney had been Pres and he did what he said he would do, he would leave it to the State of New Jersey to clean up the mess. Obama is good through and through and it is because of an obstructive Rep. Congress we have not progressed more than we have. I am white!

    November 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Karen

    I had the same thought for a second (wondered what Christi was mad about). No matter, Christie is done after what he did; just as Obama was done with New Jersey after his photo op.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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