Christie and Obama to tour damaged areas together (+video)
New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama plan to tour the damage in Christie's state on Wednesday. Christie, a Republican, was quick to commend Obama and FEMA for their response following Hurricane Sandy's landfall in New Jersey on Monday.
No one's calling it a "campaign" event. But it will surely dominate the presidential campaign on Wednesday when Democratic President Barack Obama and New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie inspect storm damage in the hard hit coastal state - together.
Had Obama been traveling with any old Republican governor, few would have taken notice.
But Christie is not any old governor. He's young, at 50, and a possible Republican presidential contender as soon as 2016, should Mitt Romney happen to lose.
And he's not just any critic of Obama. As keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in August, he was the party's critic-in-chief.
Christie has continued to play that role as one of the highest-profile surrogates for the Republican presidential nominee, Romney.
Indeed, it would be hard to find a more unlikely duo six days before a presidential election - and Christie knows it.
"If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don't know me," Christie said Tuesday.
He was responding not to the announcement of the joint tour, which had yet to become public, but to questions about all the praise he has been heaping on Obama during and after Sandy hit New Jersey.