Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
You could call it two conventions, two governors. Both Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Andrew Cuomo are fiscally conservative governors of populous northeaster states. But the two men, both seen to have presidential ambitions in 2016, have wildly different approaches to their party's national conventions.
In New Jersey, Christie spent the week boasting, saying he was third in importance in his party only to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
"I'm the keynote speaker Tuesday night," Christie told reporters Thursday. "I got a pretty good gig in the Republican party nationally."
By contrast, in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has decided to spend only a few hours in Charlotte, N.C., on September 6 for his party's convention, said national politics is not his role.
"I'm the governor of the state of New York," Cuomo said at a "policy summit" convened by the state Democratic Party this week, assuring journalists he'd help "Mr. Obama." But he added "I have a lot to do as the governor of the state of New York, and I want to do the best job I can as the governor of the state of New York, and I do that best being in New York."
Christie appears frequently on national television programs like "Meet the Press." Cuomo has declined all such invitations since he's been governor, instead granting interviews to radio stations in Albany.
Christie speaks all the time about the New Jersey comeback while out stumping in swing states. Cuomo instead spends his time doing things like convening summits on the yogurt industry in New York.
Wonder why? Listen above as WNYC's Brigid Bergin and New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon chew it over on This Week in Politics.