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Obama will be joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

In late October last year, Obama joined Christie to view the damage from Sandy and highlight federal assistance — a trip that took place in the final days of the presidential election. Christie's praise of Obama was seen by some as a betrayal of former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Ever since, Christie has maintained his state was more important than politics, brushing off the criticism.

The Garden State visit follows a presidential speech Monday to mark Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery and a trip to tornado-stricken Oklahoma on Sunday.

Both weekend occasions permitted Obama to appear above the fray — the commander in chief and consoler in chief, respectively — rather than as a political figure pinned down in the Washington trenches.

The trip comes as his administration faces tough questions over a trio of controversies: the IRS political targeting scandal, the Justice Department’s leak probes and the handling of the Benghazi mission attack.

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