President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised their working relationship on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
This is good politics as well as helpful to the victims of the hurricane. Obama can ppint to this as an example of his working with a Republican critic in a bipartisan manner. Christie, governor of a liberal state, can also say he's working in a bipartisan manner with Obama and grease the way for federal funding, muting any Democrat criticism of him on flip-flopping. In addition, Christie will be up for re-election and a great show of leadership on this issue will help him against a Democratic opponent such as Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
The Democratic president praised the Republican governor -- and backer of White House challenger Mitt Romney -- for his "responsive and aggressiveness" in launching efforts to restore power, clean up streets and cities, and produce clean drinking water.
"I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership," Obama told reporters after spending more than three hours in damaged parts of the New Jersey. The president also promised federal help to local officials and residents throughout the northeast who suffered major storm damages.
Christie, normally an outspoken critic of Obama's policies, praised his leadership during Hurricane Sandy, saying the president "sprang into action immediately," and has exhibited "concern and compassion" for the residents of New Jersey and the northeast.