The Washington Times - October 30, 2012, 02:09PM

In a tour of storm damage heavy with political overtones, President Obama will travel to New Jersey Wednesday afternoon to inspect the destruction with Gov. Chris Christie.

The White House announced Tuesday that Mr. Obama will make the trip to view the damage and talk “with citizens who are recovering from the storm” and to thank “first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities.”

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Mr. Christie, a prominent supporter of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, was full of praise Tuesday for the president’s efforts to coordinate the federal government’s emergency response to Hurricane Sandy. Asked if Mr. Romney might visit New Jersey to tour storm damage, Mr. Christie replied on Fox News, “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit interested. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”

New Jersey bore the brunt of the storm’s fury as it made landfall on the state’s southern shore near Atlantic City.