Obama, Christie survey Sandy damage

Alexi Gusso

President Barack Obama took a day off from campaigning yesterday to join New Jersey Gov. Chris Chirstie in touring areas damaged by the superstorm Sandy, USA Today reported.

After a helicopter ride over the state's damaged shoreline, Obama addressed a New Jersey crowd. He sympathized with victims and promised strong federal government aid in relief efforts. 

"I don't want anybody to feel that somehow this is all going to get cleaned up overnight," Obama said in his speech. "But what I can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials, and we will not quit until this is done." 

Christie, who delivered the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, is a vocal supporter of Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Despite the political polarity, Christie thanked the president and commended him for his response to the storm.

Christie said the two had a "great working relationship."

"It's really important to have the president of the United States acknowledge all the suffering that's going on here in New Jersey and I appreciate it very much," Christie told his constituents. "We're going to work together to make sure we get ourselves through this crisis."

New Jersey seems to have taken the biggest hit from Sandy. The storm left at least eight people dead and officials estimate that the state suffered billions of dollars in property damage, according to a New York Times article

Sandy relief efforts continue along the East Coast.