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President Obama To Join Gov. Christie At The Jersey Shore On Tuesday

Mutual Respect In Face Of Political Differences Expected To Be On Display Again
Governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — CBS 2 has learned that President Barack Obama will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday with Gov. Chris Christie. It will be his first time on the shore since he visited right after Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29.

A White House advisory said Obama would view the ongoing recovery efforts from Sandy and talk about “expanding economic opportunity for families hit by the storm.”

In the days after Sandy roared ashore, President Obama surveyed the damage with Christie. The subsequent images of the Democratic president and Republican governor and their apparent mutual respect for each other turned the political world on its ear.

“I cannot thank the president enough,” Christie said back on Oct. 31.

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Then on April 29, Christie continued to praise President Obama for being “a man of his word” when it came to his swift response to the storm.

“I don’t have any regrets because anyone who’s had the job that I have knows that your first job is to get the job done for the people who elected you and not to worry about politics, whether it’s presidential politics or any other type of politics,” Christie told WCBS 880′s Steve Scott.

“Secondly, I’d give the President high marks. Everything that we asked of him to do he’s done, his administration has done. And while there were some blips in terms of the national flood insurance program that angered people, rightfully, the administration has worked on fixing that. So while I have broad areas of disagreement with the President on other issues, I cannot say anything other than the truth which is the President’s been a man of his word on this and his administration has followed through,” said Christie.

As a result of the governor’s buddy-buddy meeting with the president, Christie made the “do not invite list” for the Conservative Political Action Conference, a major event for GOP big wigs.

Many Jersey Shore business have reopened and boardwalks and beaches were expected to be open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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