Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christie pitches Obama for more storm recovery aid

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WASHINGTON —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in the nation's capital Thursday to lobby for billions in federal aid for his and other states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Christie met with senior Obama administration officials, and briefly with the president himself, before heading to Capitol Hill for a scheduled appearance with Garden State lawmakers who are pushing for relief beyond the $50 billion that the White House was expected to request.

The visit by Christie, a Republican with a growing national profile, follows after a similar trip from New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A White House spokesman had few details to share on the encounter between Obama and Christie, which came more than a month after the president, in the heat of his campaign, toured storm-ravaged parts of the Jersey shore with a top surrogate for his election foe.

Congressional Democrats said Wednesday that they were confident that their Republican counterparts would not hold up any funding request, noting that such requests after natural disasters typically have been free of partisan wrangling.

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