Superstorm A Super Test For State, Local Officials

NEW YORK (November 18, 2012)--Experts in leadership and disaster response are giving high marks to the governors of New York and New Jersey and the mayor of New York City for their performance in Superstorm Sandy.

The storm killed more than 100 people and presented perhaps the biggest crisis-management test yet for three politicians who have been rumored to hold presidential ambitions.

Syracuse University political science professor Robert McClure said Americans seek authenticity in political leaders, and says the three men demonstrated it.

The experts say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands out for being outspoken and ahead of the curve, citing his order of gas rationing before anyone else, putting his GOP credentials on the line to praise the response of President Barack Obama's administration or using a televised briefing to comfort children with a simple: "Don't be scared."

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