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Obama, Christie Survey Sandy Flood Damage

President Barack Obama and outspoken critic Gov. Chris Christie surveyed the damage in New Jersey Wednesday afternoon.


President Barack Obama landed in New Jersey Wednesday afternoon to tour the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy alongside Gov. Chris Christie, a longtime critic of the Democratic leader.

Christie has changed his tune about the president since the storm ravaged the Garden State, calling Obama's response to the crisis "outstanding" on NBC’s Today show Oct. 30.

“The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit,” Christie also said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

The governor greeted Obama in New Jersey on the steps of Air Force One, then boarded a Marine One helicopter to tour the storm-hit state by air for about an hour, Agence France Presse reported.

“This is a time to focus on what was a devastating storm and the terrible aftermath of that storm,” Jay Carney, Obama's press secretary, told reporters in New Jersey, the New York Times reported.

“New Jersey was by many measures the hardest hit state, I believe that’s correct. It is entirely appropriate for the president to visit New Jersey and receive updates on the efforts there to recover and to view first hand the damage inflicted by Sandy. This is not a time for politics," he added.

Obama will resume his campaigning on Thursday, Nov. 1, and plans to visit Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado, the Wall Street Journal reported, pointing out that the storm "has handed Mr. Obama an opportunity to act presidential in a setting that rises above politics, even as it has kept him off the campaign trail for a third straight day."

Romney, meanwhile, was back on the campaign trail in Florida Wednesday, treading delicately around the subject of the hurricane, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

“We come together at times like these,” he said to the crowd. “People coming together is what’s also going to happen, I believe, on Nov. 7.”

The GOP candidate also urged people to donate whatever they could to relief efforts.

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