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Christie lauds Obama on Sandy aid

HIGHLANDS, N.J. — Governor Chris Christie said Monday that President Obama ‘‘has kept every promise he’s made’’ about helping the state recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Hours later, Obama’s housing secretary approved New Jersey’s plans to spend $1.83 billion in federal money to help the state rebuild and recover from the storm.

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Speaking on MSNBC six months after the deadly storm, the Republican governor said presidential politics were the last thing on his mind as he toured storm-devastated areas with Obama last fall.

When it comes to helping New Jersey rebuild from the storm, ‘‘the president has kept every promise he’s made,’’ said Christie, seen as a potential candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. ‘‘I think he’s done a good job.’’

His comments came in response to a question about whether he had any regrets about his warm embrace of Obama after the storm, which angered some Republicans, who said it helped tip a close presidential election. Christie had endorsed and campaigned for Republican Mitt Romney.

The governor said he and Obama have fundamentally different views on governing. But he said the two men did what needed to be done for a devastated region.

Sandy destroyed about 360,000 residences in New Jersey, and some areas along the shore are still devastated.

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