10:14 am Oct. 30, 2012
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has spent much of the year assailing President Obama's leadership as a top campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney, praised the president's response to Hurricane Sandy in a couple of morning show interviews earlier today.
"The president has been great," said Christie on "Morning Joe."
"I spoke to him three times yesterday. He called me for the last time at midnight last night, asked me what I needed. I said, 'If you could expedite the major disaster declaration without all the normal FEMA mumbo jumbo,' he got right on it."
Obama signed a major disaster declaration for New Jersey and parts of New York early this morning, a move that Christie said he was thankful for.
"The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit," he said. "I've been on the phone with him, like I said, yesterday, personally, three times. He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call him if I needed anything. And he absolutely means it. It's been very good working with the president. And his administration have been coordinating with us great. It's been wonderful."
Christie wasn't as charitable to the mayor of Atlantic City, Lorenzo Langford, who he accused of encouraging residents to stay in dangerous areas when they should have been pressed to evacuate. Langford, a longtime political foe of Christie, said he'd like to go "mano a mano" with the governor.
UPDATE: "I don't give a damn about Election Day," Christie said just now, if that wasn't already clear.