WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will join New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday for a tour of the Jersey Shore damaged by Superstorm Sandy, replaying a scene from last year that some observers believe helped Obama win re-election.
Christie, a Republican, gave Obama, a Democrat, blunt praise for his response to the devastating storm that hit the US East Coast just days before the Nov. 6 election.
"I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and his compassion," Christie said during an Oct. 31 tour together of the damaged areas.
Though Christie supported the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, in the 2012 race, his compliments to the Democratic incumbent were seen as a boost to Obama.
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