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US Election Updates - October 31, 2012

Obama finds unlikely support from Christie

One of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's biggest supporters, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, had nothing but praise for President Barack Obama on Tuesday as his state set out to assess the damage caused by storm Sandy.

"I have to say, the administration, the president, himself and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far," Christie said on ABC’s Good Morning America.

While speaking to George Stephanopoulos, Christie said that Obama had called him on Monday night to ask if there was anything else the federal government could do to help.

"He worked on that last night with me…offered any other assets that we needed to help," Christie said. "I want to thank the president personally for his personal attention to this."

Obama has declared New Jersey a major disaster area in order for the state to speedily receive federal aid.

Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on Monday night, leaving behind vast flooding and extensive power outages in the nation's most densely populated region.

The Democratic incumbent and Christie are due to inspect storm damage together later today.

On Tuesday, when asked by Fox News whether he would tour hard hit parts of his state with Romney, Christie said: "I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I've got a job to do here in New Jersey that's much bigger than presidential politics, and I could care less about any of that stuff.”

Obama's handling of the storm and Romney's response have the potential to become politicized. Both campaigns are ensuring to avoid any mistakes.

Obama has again canceled his campaign activities in order to supervise the federal government’s response.

Meanwhile, Romney on Tuesday converted a campaign rally into a storm relief event in the battleground state of Ohio.