Christie: 'I'll be here to welcome' Obama during visit next week

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The New Jersey governor said ultimately, he was unconcerned about the political optics of again appearing alongside Obama.

"The bottom line is you can’t experience the way you’re experiencing it right now unless you’re here, and you see it for yourself,” Christie said. “The fact of the matter is he’s president of the United States, and if he wants to see the people of New Jersey, I’m the governor and I’ll be here to welcome him.”

While the Christie-Obama partnership has earned the New Jersey governor ridicule from prominent Republicans across the country, the governor has benefited politically within his Democratic-leaning home state. In an NBC/Marist poll released earlier this month, Christie led Democratic challenger Barbara Buono 60-28 percent ahead of his reelection bid in November. 

Christie also said Friday that he hopes Oklahoma receives federal aid as it works to rebuild after the tornadoes that hit earlier this week. In the aftermath of Sandy, some legislators — including the senators from Oklahoma — voted against aid for the Northeast, arguing the spending should be offset by other budget cuts and the bill included pork.