Obama Kept Promises On Superstorm Aid, New Jersey Governor Says

HIGHLANDS, N.J. (April 29, 2013)--New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday on MSNBC that President Barack Obama "has kept every promise he's made" about helping the state recover after Superstorm Sandy.

The comments came six months after the deadly storm.

The Republican governor said presidential politics was the last thing on his mind as he toured storm-devastated areas with the president last fall.

Christie's warm embrace of Mr. Obama angered some Republicans, who said it helped tip a close election to the Democrat and away from Mitt Romney, who Christie endorsed.

Christie says he disagrees with Mr. Obama about 95 percent of things, but said he was merely doing his job after the storm, trying to get help for his state.

Meanwhile Monday, federal officials announced that they have approved New Jersey's plans to spend $1.8 billion in grants to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan made the announcement Monday with Christie in Highlands, N.J.

Sandy destroyed about 360,000 homes or apartment units in New Jersey.

Congress approved more than $60 billion in Sandy relief funds, most of it for New Jersey and New York, despite opposition from many congressional Republicans who wanted to spend less.

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