Local Political Story: NY, NJ Officials Ready For Their Close-Ups?
Forget next week's big election for a moment. Hurricane Sandy wrote its own political story, giving three officials -- two, at least, "considered future presidential contenders" -- their own "tests of political leadership," writes Michael M. Grynbaum in a story parsing the different storm-briefing styles of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Gov. Chris Christie. So it's blunt, passionate Christie versus "stern parent" Bloomberg and "confident but unhurried everyguy" Cuomo. "All three were undoubtedly aware that although the fortunes of politicians are rarely boosted by how they handle big storms, their reputations can easily wind up among the casualties," writes Grynbaum.