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Obama hosts Christie for surprise White House visit

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President Obama hosted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the White House Thursday morning in an unannounced visit that comes as the administration is preparing a major emergency spending request to cover damage from Hurricane Sandy.

News reports have said the request would be $50 billion, and Mr. Christie reportedly wants tens of billions of dollars more.

White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to talk about specifics from the meeting or to say how much Mr. Obama will request.

“The president is very focused on assisting New Jersey and New York and other affected states in their recovery efforts,” he said. “We are working on a request and that request is still being developed and we continue to hope we’ll have that request sent up soon.”

During the super storm that came during the last days of the presidential campaign, Mr. Christie made headlines for heaping praise on the president for his handling if the federal government’s response to Sandy.

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