You have to love the irony. Make that ironies.
Gov. Chris Christie is asking the federal government for $37 billion for post-Sandy disaster relief and recovery and for protection from future storms.
New Jersey isn't likely to get all of that money, but it's going to get a lot of it. And whatever it gets, where do you think the money is going to come from?
The federal government is going to borrow it, that's where. There are no atheists in foxholes, and after a storm like Sandy, even a Republican darling and fiscal conservative like Christie prays for borrowed federal funds.
Also, last week, Christie named Marc Ferzan, a former executive assistant attorney general in New Jersey and a former colleague of Christie's in the U.S. Attorney's Office, to head up the state's recovery efforts.
You might say Ferzan is now New Jersey's Sandy czar. But we suspect the governor will come up with another title, considering how Republicans criticized President Barack Obama for the "czars" in his administration.
Not that we're complaining. Our point is simply this: Sandy did more than undermine beaches and coastal properties. Like all big disasters, it also served to undermine a lot of nonsensical political posturing, too. And that's good.
Christie, of course, has already been praised (and criticized by some fellow Republicans) for building a close relationship with Obama after the storm. And now, he and the Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, have agreed to work as a team and not to compete for federal disaster funds. (Cuomo has asked for $42 billion.)
Ferzan's appointment, too, is an excellent sign. Christie told The Star-Ledger that he created the position (we promise not to use the "czar" word) after talking to governors in several other states that have been hit with major storms. A single point person to coordinate all recovery efforts is key, they told him. And that's good advice.
Ferzan's first task will be to inventory all available public and private funds for the rebuilding effort. He is also charged with developing mitigation strategies so that towns rebuild in ways more resistant to future storms - another good step.
Of course, the request for $37 billion in federal relief funds could not come at a worse time. The nation's already troubling national debt and the looming "fiscal cliff" are consuming Washington at the moment.
But if history is any guide, the federal government will come through to a large extent. And a Democratic administration will bail out a Republican governor - with borrowed money, at that - because, thank goodness, political realities still pale in comparison to the new reality Sandy created.