GOP Concerned Christie Is Throwing Obama A Political Lifeline

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie copes with the devastation that Superstorm Sandy wreaked on his state, some Republicans fear Christie may have thrown President Obama a last-minute political lifeline by praising the president for his response to the storm.

Christie, a keynote speaker at this year's Republican National Convention, greeted Obama warmly on Wednesday after Marine One touched down on the Jersey Shore so the president could survey the storm damage.

The governor praised the federal government's help in coping with the disaster, saying the job done by the president was "outstanding" and "wonderful."

Conservatives took note of Christie's photo-op with Obama, in addition to what appeared to be a dismissive attitude on the governor's part about a possible visit to New Jersey by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Others suggested Christie embraced Obama in preparation for a potentially difficult re-election bid he'll face in 2013 in a traditionally Democratic state. Christie may face popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat.

"I think Chris Christie is doing what is in Chris Christie's best interest," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told The Washington Examiner. "He has constituents to worry about, and he's up for re-election."

Read more from Susan Ferrechio at The Washington Examiner

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