New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will welcome President Barack Obama to his state today as the two will tour damage of Superstorm Sandy and speak with affected residents — a move that is already beginning to cause political backlash for Christie.
Undoubtedly, the tour will present both figures with a rare bipartisan photo op — good for Obama in the final week of a presidential campaign, and good for Christie, who has higher aspirations in the not-too-distant future.
Nevertheless, New Jersey just experienced the most devastating storm to pass through its state in a significant amount of time — perhaps ever. But Christie's over-the-top praising of the president's handling of the situation — and now his welcoming of Obama to New Jersey — has caused conservatives like The Daily Caller's Matt K. Lewis to speculate what he's "up to."
The general consensus of conservatives who are less than pleased with Christie is that his overwhelming praise of the president — boasting of the number of times Obama has checked in with Christie, saying Obama has been "all over this and deserves great credit" — has helped Obama "look presidential." It directly undermines Republican attacks on the perception of Obama as a weak leader.
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