New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Barack Obama are an unlikely team. But on Wednesday, they were just that as they toured Atlantic City, N.J., as they assessed damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Christie, a Republican and the state’s former U.S. Attorney, laid on the praise for Obama, who faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid from Republican Mitt Romney. The devastating storm has left a path of destruction in its wake, with reports of at least 11 dead along the East Coast.
“I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state,” Christie said Wednesday. “He’s called me six times, it’s a great working relationship.”
Christie has been a frequent critic of the president, and he has stumped for Romney, serving as the keynote speaker for the Republican National Convention earlier this year. But New Jersey is a Democratic-leaning state suffering through devastation; now is not the time for partisan politics, Christie has indicated.
“He means what he says,” Christie said of Obama. “[He's been] working the minute he got here.”
Obama also offered praise for the New Jersey governor.
“I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before,” Obama said. “I want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership.”
On Tuesday, CNN asked a Romney spokesman if he had any issue with Christie appearing with the president less than a week before the election. “None,” the spokesman told CNN.