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Christie thanks Obama for Hurricane Sandy aid: Bashed him as "ward politician"

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WASHINGTON--New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie-- ferocious critic of President Barack Obama--who bashed him last August as "nothing more than a Chicago ward politician"--is praising him Tuesday for his Hurricane Sandy assistance to his storm battered state.

Christie, a major surrogate for Mitt Romney, is providing a testimonial to Obama a week before the election. Obama called Christie last night--as he did other New York and New Jersey officials who are dealing with the disaster.

"He called me last night around midnight, again, to say -- ask what else could be done and what we did last night. He was able to move forward very quickly with a major disaster declaration for New Jersey. He worked on that last night with me, offered any other assets that we need to help," Christie told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"i have to say the administration, the president himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far. We have a great partnership with them, and I want to thank the president personally for his personal attention to this."

The day before Christie keynoted at the Republican National Convention he told the California delegation, "The president is nothing more than a Chicago ward politician," he said. ..."We've had enough of Chicago ward politics in the Oval Office. We need a real leader back in the Oval Office and we all got to work to get Mitt Romney there."

My column on Christie bashing Obama and Chicago is HERE.

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