Following two days of meetings with donors in New Hampshire, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke to 150 people at Fury’s Publick House in Dover, New Hampshire.
He criticized the Obama administration over the state of the economic stagnation and inflation. But, when pressed over whether President Barack Obama had done anything right, Christie echoed his previously unpopular admiration for the president’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
"The president was enormously helpful and kept his word to me and my state regarding Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said, according to NJ.com.
Obama had called Christie early the day after the storm asking to visit the state, and the two later toured the devastation caused by the storm.
“He and I spoke every day for at least the next 10 days,” Christie said. “I needed help on something that the bureaucracy wasn’t giving me. That was at least four or five times I called him and said, ‘I hate to bother you with this, sir, but you told me if I needed help to call you, and FEMA is driving me crazy or the Army is driving me crazy and I don’t understand this and can you help me?’ And each and every time that I did that, within an hour the problem was fixed.”
The Washington Post notes that in a televised interview with “Fox and Friends" on Fox News, Christie was asked if Romney would visit New Jersey, to which Christie replied: “I have a job to do. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”
Christie criticized Republican House Speaker John Boehner for the GOP’s failure to provide aid to New Jersey in a timely manner, saying, “There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims — the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner.”
Christie, who is expected to run for president in 2016, will likely emphasize his pragmatism over partisanism. "I am the governor of New Jersey before I am a Republican," he told the donors in New Hampshire.
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