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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

PHOTOS: Obama, Christie Tour Storm Damage In New Jersey

PHOTOS: Obama, Christie Tour Storm Damage In New Jersey

President Barack Obama and New Jersey governor Chris Christie toured the extensive damage caused by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy today, observing the devastation from aboard Marine One before meeting with Garden State residents.

New Jersey was hit especially hard by the hurricane, which made landfall in Atlantic City on Sunday night. The storm left at least six dead in the state, and over 2 million without power. Christie has called the damage “unthinkable,” and noted that “the losses will be almost incalculable.”

Although Christie has been one of President Obama’s harshest critics throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, the two men put politics aside and warmly praised one another on Wednesday.

“I want to let you know that your governor is working overtime,” President Obama said at a shelter. “The entire country has been watching what’s been happening. Everybody knows how hard Jersey has been hit.”

Obama added that the federal government would be in New Jersey “for the long haul.”

“The country comes to help because you never know when someone is going to get hit by a disaster,” Obama said.

Christie thanked Obama for coming to New Jersey, saying “it’s really important to have the president of the United States here.” Christie has been outspoken in his support of the Obama administration’s response to the storm; on Tuesday morning he said that “The president has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA” — and added that he doesn’t “give a damn” if Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney comes to New Jersey to survey the damage.

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131 Responses to PHOTOS: Obama, Christie Tour Storm Damage In New Jersey

  1. This is great that they can put their differences aside while they help Americans BRAVO to both of them.

    I have a feeling the Republicans are going to throw Governor Christie to the wolfs.

    • Governor Christie’s response is typical of his no nonsense approach to politics and his job as governor. He is best when in a crises and worst when playing politics. It was indeed refreshing to hear his comments today!

      • I was not a fan of Governor Christie’s especially during this campaign. But, when I saw pictures of him on TV and saw the total pain in his face, my heart went out to him. His support of Obama is wonderful – perhaps both of them will learn to appreciate each other, especially in a crisis. Too bad the Repugs in Congress would not respond to a financial crises and work with Obama instead of throwing the public under the bus in order to screw Obama! AND – don’t forget – they admitted doing that!

    • Dream on. Christie supports his voters and right now they need money and aid and he will do what it takes to get it. Good sense.

      • I don’t know I heard Rush just this afternoon saying that Obama and Christie were having a love fest, sounds like someone is getting thrown to the wolfs.

        Wouldn’t you say? (before you answer remember Rush has alot of followers)

        Edit: I might vote for Christie in 2016 as long as he don’t pick a running mate like Ryan, or Palin.

        • No Christie is just doing his job. Every Governor knows they need FEMA aid after a disaster and every President tours a disaster area like Bush did after 9/11 and Christie respects the office of the Presidency, which he should. Guess some people twist everything, even disasters!

          • You are right him and the president are just doing their job, but they don’t have to do a good job, remember Bush and Katrina.

          • Bush did as good a job as I hope The problem was with the New Orleans governor. However neither Bush nor Obama really do anything themselves. They just tour the devastation and make an appearance. All show!

          • Bush did a crappy job he was late and he did a crappy job on 911 too, and you just had to get that dig against Obama didn’t you? Put him and Bush in the same sentence. The president is the one who decides when to send in the National Gaurd and where to send them so he is doing more than you think, and I’m sure there are more things than just that. Someone as “independent” thinking as you should be able to say what a good job they are doing, but like I said before you’re not an independent.

            In fact you sound more and more like a teabagger liar the more you spew your garbage.

          • When the National Guard go in wherever they do they do a good job, Not many or the problems have been solved yet but hopefully ALL will work to solve them Republicans and Democrats together.

          • Actually, the guard was late getting into New Orleans because the Louisiana guard was fighting bush’s war.

          • New Orleans does not have a governor, it has a mayor. Bush took forever to respond, at no time in America’s history have we allowed bodies to lay in the streets. Katrina was a disaster politically for the Repubicans (intentional).

          • The state and New Orleans had a governor who had responsibility but by the way also the City of New Orleans had a mayor that was not much help either,

    • Why can’t our congress–both houses take a lead here and work for Americans and not their party lines and money supporters. Christie has risen 100 % in my eyes from this display with Obama. God Bless the USA. Got that Romney you phoney.

      • Replying to Ron

        THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE REPUBLICANS CANNOT HELP PRESIDENT OBAMA IF IT ADDS ANYTHING TO THE DEFICIT, OR REQUIRES THE WEALTHY TO HELP WITH BY GIVING BACK EVEN A LITTLE OF THE TAX BREAKS THAT WERE GIVEN TO THEM BY THE BUSH/CHENEY CROWD.

        THE REASON THEY CANNOT ADD TO THE DEFICIT IS THAT THEY WOULD THEN HAVE TO ADMIT THAT YOU CANNOT SPEND MONEY WITHOUT EITHER PAYING FOR IT, OR CUTTING SOMETHING ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE OF THE BUDGET. WHICH THEY WILL HAVE A HARD TIME CUTTING BECAUSE OF THE GRIDLOCK SUCH A VOTE WOULD CREATE.

        OTHERWISE, THE CUTS HAVE TO COME FROM THE SACRED COW OF THE EXTREME RIGHT – PENTAGON SPENDING.

        AND, LORD ONLY KNOWS, THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX MUST NOT BE ASKED TO PITCH IN TO HELP THE DOMESTIC SIDE OF THE BUDGET.

        IF IT DID, GROVER NORQUIST WOULD LIKELY HAVE A STROKE, BECAUSE SOME OF HIS PAWNS MIGHT ACTUALLY VOTE FOR A TAX INCREASE, RATHER THAN SEE THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX TAKE A HIT.

  2. Governor Christie is doing his reputation a WORLD of good with his co-operation, bi-partisanship and common sense. Kinda makes the rest of the Republicans look silly with their contention that Obama acted “too quickly”…

    I look forward to more Republican co-operation when Obama wins this election.

  3. Mittens

    The least Mittens could do is to follow behind and provide Christie with chips and donuts while Obama described how he would rescue New Jersey from the “there is no such thing as global warming” American Taliban Republicans.

    Two major storms in two years to strike the New Jersey coast? That’s not global warming. Then it must be RoMoney’s hot air.

  4. How refreshingly positive. Quite a contrast between President Obama’s bipartisan compassion to all Americans, and George W. Bush’s utter neglect in the aftermath of Katrina and the devastating floods caused by the USACE Levee Failures.

    Millions of citizens in the stricken region should be very thankful that President Obama is on their side, and he will follow through with the aid he is promising.

      • That must be how the right thinks, Oops I mean “independent” isn’t that what you said?

        They are doing a good job and you know it and an independent would say so.

      • Let’s see, how does walking around viewing the devastation first hand, for purposes of making a personal assessment of the level of destruction, compare to the sideshow phony ryan put on rewashing clean pans for the camera? Or for that matter myth romney passing out bags of whatever, to those in need, for as long as the cameras were rolling. Those two are the biggest phonies, and hypocrites I’ve ever had the displeasure to be exposed to. I’ll say again what I’ve been saying right along. ” Do not let all the lying, cheating, deceptive practices, of the republican party fade away into the past, as we get closer to Election Day. Keep it all fresh in your mind, right up to the moment you cast your ballot for President Obama and the rest of the Democrats. Lets make it an overwhelming victory for the Democratic Party.

        • Anything Romney or Ryan did I guess would be criticized by many of the far left wingers I guess. Love your adjectives: Lying, cheating, deceptive. Too bad our elections are down to such a low level instead of campaigning on the merit of taxes, entitlements, health care etc. We do seem to be heading down hill as a country in more than one way! So you don’t think Obama with Christie was a great Photo OP!

          • Replying to Canistercook

            BI-PARTISANSHIP IS IN FAILURE BECAUSE OF THE WACKOS ON THE EXTREME RIGHT WHO REFUSE TO COMPROMISE ON ANY ISSUES.

            THEIR ATTITUDE IS THAT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE THEIR WAY, OR THEY WILL PICK UP ALL OF THEIR TOYS AND GO HOME.

          • Left blames the right, right blames the left. Perhaps if we had a good leader they could work together but we don’t have one right now.

          • I was watching television when Mitch McConnell said, “The Republicans number one goal is to make Obama a one-term president.” And this they have done. You need to quit watching faux news and reading hate blogs. The real news is out there.

          • bullshit…check the record not one vote on anything of substance was taken without vehement republican objections. It wasn’t an opinion it was a set of marching orders. AND YOU KNOW IT.

          • Guess it depends on whether you believe in Freedom of Speech. I have heard a los of BS in m lifetime from a lot of people. However, I still believe in free speech for all. You have a choice as to whether to believe them not not.

          • Republicans took an oath on Obama’s Inauguration that they would not work with this president. Instead they fillibustered and obstructed. GOP don’t like the brown-skinned dude, so they don’t want to play.

          • maybe news to you if you’ve had your head in the sand……or somewhere, but not to most people who have paid attention to this campaign.

          • YES WE DO HAVE A LEADER…and he’s on the ground doing his job…go suck eggs cookie..you and your unfounded pseudo intelectual bullshit…oh yes I know you will say how hard it is to talk to these “LIBS” but you don’t want a discussion you want us to buy your bullshit at face value and are just flabbergasted that we want you to back up your trash talk. YOU HAVE NOT GOT ONE LEG TO STAND ON. Fox news talking points are not the same as legs, they don’t even count as crutches.

            It will be a grat day when your brand of BS rightwing dogma is no more than an entry in a history book under the heading: The DARK Ages of American Politics.

          • Guess it depends on where one want to get led. You don’t have to watch Fox. Doesn’t sound like it would do anything to benefit you since your mind is very MADE UP. Do you have to be rude and insult those you disagree with though?

          • Just exactly how does watching Fox “do” anything for anyone? It is pure unadulterated rightwing propaganda disguised as news. How does that help anyone..and for the record MSNBC is no better except they totally admit their liberal bias where fox claims to be fair and balanced. But let’s be clear playing a 5 second clip of anyone saying something out of context and then giving 55 minutes of opinions about it is not and never was news…or even journalism.

          • Gives them an opportunity to be exposed to views and information they don’t get in the liberal papers. If ones mind is closed though I’m not sure anything can help!

          • What leader in his right mind wants to run for office when the media wants to find any blemishes that can be turned into controversy and scandal. Any great person stunbles once in a while on his rise to the top. Private lives of candidates used to be PRIVATE! But nor more. Perhaps Oboma made it because only a black man can be accostommed to it.

          • Our nations future sure looks bleak right now. When one jokingly suggests one might cut Big Birds dole out subsidy the media and left jump on that to say you will be depriving children instead of looking at how much those characters earn in royalties etc., and how much of their profits is paid out in high salaries and pensions to directors of PBS etc. A sad state of affairs.

          • cannisterfullofhate, I wonder who would do such a thing as find fault in anything said by a person they already had no respect for?

          • They’re not filled with hatred, but they are overflowing with truth. And thats really what hurts,isn’t it?

          • cannisterfullof hate, you do not realize what hate is and you are not even aware that you are hateful. Lying, cheating, deceptive are adjectives and they are descriptive words. Phony photo ops are deceptive as they are trying to deceive people into thinking something that isn’t true.

          • AND BTW when it’s true that the man is Lying, Cheating, and deceptive it’s called telling the truth….when you are full of shit when you say something that’s called lying and deceiving.

          • canofhate, let me explain you and those who find someone lying, cheating, deceptive and how your hatred came through loud and clear. The real Americans, on this board, felt good that politics were put aside and there was cohesion between Governor Christie and President Obama. It was a warm feeling that gave us hope that our government was functioning like it should. You came along with something nazi, oops I meant nasty. You absolutely cannot stand the President doing anything good.

          • The difference between the Obama/Christie photos and the Romney/Ryan photos is the President and Gov. Christie care – Romney/Ryan don’t give a rat’s arse about people losing everything. We are moving forward as a nation. Under Robme, we would be going backwards 60 years!

          • We’ll see…bet you are chocking on CROW 7 nov 12

            OBAMA BIDEN all the way…btw Hillary is next and after that some other progressive champion…you and your GOP tea baggers are done.

      • They’re at least trying to *GET INVOLVED*.

        I realize you Neo-Randians are all basically “I got mine, Jack”.

        Mocking the President and the Governor of a hard hit state as they assess and try to get a handle on this catastrophe, however, is simply beyond the pale.

        Consequently, I am flagging your comment as inappropriate, as it frankly is just that.

        Happy Halloween.

        • I did not mock anyone you idiot! I merely said that every time there is a bad storm or earthquake for example the President, Queen or some dignitaries tour the sites and walk around them. The work is done by others. There is absolutely nothing about an individual expressing that opinion except to an individual who really does not believe in free speech except for those that parrot his opinions. Cannot believe how many people have developed these kind of attitudes. Perhaps that says something about why our country is losing respect in the world.

        • C’mon, Blaze. The GOP mantra is don’t give Obama credit for anything but make sure you blame him for everything. Not surprised to hear the Gov. and the Pres. being critizied. I knew as soon as Gov. Christie praised Obama we would hear the usual and accustomed moaning and whaling from the idiotic GOP.

        • I didn’t know we could flag the trolls…lets just ditch all american, lana, govissue, cookin up a can of BS…and the rest they never add one damn thing to the conversation and we spend too much time arguing with them.

      • Cannisterfullofhate, You said you didn’t use hate words and there are no hate words in that sentence, but to denigrate the President’s proper response because you cannot stand him being thought of as positive – that shows your hate. A lot of hateful people do not see themselves as hateful.

    • AND glad that Romney is NOT the President or there would be no FEMA. Maybe Romney the crook would like to bankroll natural disasters with his money – he can afford it and, if he runs out, he can steal more!

    • Romney Fake Butt Is Still Trying To Campaign With 1/4 Of Our Country And Our People Are Suffering From This Storm!!! Bet You Christi Is Glad Obama Is President And Not Romney Cause There Would Be No FEMA!!!

    • Mary, he won’t answer that question. He was asked it several times in his phony photo op where he sent people to buy $5000 worth of food, water, and diapers to look like he was sweating to get it ready to send to NJ. He refused to answer.

  5. I have to lol when I hear stupid people like Trump say the President will buy the election by dolling out billions of dollars to storm victims. Can’t someone put that man out of his misery?

    • Shucks, Canadiangirl57, I just wish someone would put Trump, Rush, Ryan, and others of his ilk out of my misery. Due to the blatant ignorant blathering and the raw Fascism demonstrated by so many Republicans I must report that this was the very first election in over 5 decades where I did not vote for ANY Republicans and there were some locals that I rather liked more than Democrats. The last few months I have noticed that ALL of the Washington (state) Republicans have been desperately trying to sound like Democrats while accusing the Democratic candidates of supporting national Republican aims.

      • LOL! good for you, I’m Canadian and I’ve watched the antics of the republican party and I have to laugh. I have to say that I admire Christie for taking politics out of the issues that NJ now faces. Of course I can’t say the same for the rest of his comrades.
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      • Ralph, I don’t believe in political parties as they cause division, chaos and hate in this country, but I will not vote Republican until the decent Republicans take back their party.

  6. Bravo for these two amazing men, see this is what America should be like, work together and take care of the AMERICAN PEOPLE. I have a newfound respect for Mr Christie….and bless all the people who where hurt, the family’s who lost loved one’s and for all the People who lost everything…We can all pull together and show the World what AMERICA BUILT and will do it for all. …Thank you Mr President

  7. Romney still has not stopped his campaign. In Ohio under the stance of relief for the victums. Then off to Florida….why not go to the affected areas?? Shows has heartless he is and not going to change in the time of need.

  8. Are you blaming Chris? Do you want him to talk about election when his state is flooded, his citizens are in darkness, most of them retired to shelter… Common!! Election is politic, dirty game. But Storm is not politic. It is natural , real, force majeure, and Act of God. So if Obama should stretch his hand to Chris, you expect him to say no and wait for Mitt and some of his republican chronic? This is a big test for Chris to tell his people I care for you than election. Obama could not have done better than what he is doing now compare to his predecessor Bush during Katrina.

  9. To be honest, I don’t think being cast out by this particular grouping of republicans is a bad or shameful thing. Gov. Christy can stand tall in the knowledge that he is doing what he was elected to do, to represent, and help in any way possible, all the people of New Jersey regardless of their political affiliation. Just as President Obama is doing. These two men are people, of the people. Not false talking elitists, who really look down on the vast majority of us as being beneath them. It’s something they can’t hide. they’re trying to hide it, but they just can’t pull it off.

    • Replying to 101strac

      Unfortunately, Governor Christy will likely be vilified by the same folks who dumped on the Republican Pizza Shop owner who gave President Obama a bear hug and lifted him during his visit.

  10. Kudos to President Obama, and Gov. Christie for putting presidential politics on burner.
    Sad for a disaster to happen, for Republicans to recognise the true values of Pres. Obama.
    Not too late, Vote Obama 2012

  11. Christie is.. straightforward, for a politician.

    When it was all at a distance, the game was the game.

    When something like Sandy hits, you wake up to reality in a great big hurry, however.

    And that’s completely human in nature.

  12. reasoning for romney not wanting or liking fema…he cant make anything off of it….plain and simple…only the stupid and ignorant think like romney does….see stupid think…watch ignorant follow…romney and ryans goals and/or philosophies in life !

  13. OBama is a leader. Mitt is a follower and not even good at that. Victims in New Jersey told Rpomney camp that do not need canned goods nor flea infested relief quality clothing.

  14. Hats off to Chris Christie. Despite the fact that he is one of President Obama’s biggest detractors, despite the fact that Christie bleeds Republican/Tea Party, he now sees for himself what we all have seen for the last four years: that President Obama represents “all” Americans; that he is American; and that his agenda is America. President Obama had a very good precedent to learn from: the inept and deplorably political response of Bush/Cheney in the Katrina debacle. But, most of all, this shows that President Obama has no problem reaching across the isle in a bi-partisan effort to pull America out of its economic depression. The president knows who’s number one— the American people, and this shows the obstructionism, blocking, barriers, filabustering, and wrangling of the Republican/Tea Party to make this president fail. They have done this by dragging down the very foundations on which America stands and have used Americans for too long as collateral damage to do it. Take a look at the above photo in this article. A picture speaks a thousand words. VOTE! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

  15. hey canister or dumpster, or whatever you call yourself. romney himself said to the public that he would turn fema over to private insurance companies. nobody is criticizing romney when those words came out of the horse’s mouth. privatization/vouchers will create a scenario of failure across the board. why/ because of the bottom line. if ceo’s don’t make what they expect to make, rates goes up. private television tells you that. how much did you pay for cable when it first debuted? how much are you paying now? c’mon, man. you’re more intelligent than that. stop being a horse’s ass.

  16. Obama showed he is an American President helping an American Governor of an American state during a time of a state of emergency. Thank you President Obama

  17. Wouldn’t it be fun to be a fly on the wall when Gov. Christie heads into the voting booth? I’m betting he votes for President Obama!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

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