The Edge: Winning Politics on the Jersey

June 05 [Wed], 2013, 14:48
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Winning Politics on the Jersey Shore

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave President Obama a boost toward reelection in the wake of superstorm Sandy last fall, then Obama repaid the favor with today's visit to the Jersey Shore.

Not only did Obama sound like a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce pitchman "America, bring your family and friends. Spend a little money on the Jersey Shore" but he gave Christie a high-five, literally, in a state that he won by a wide margin.

It will be a boon to Christie's reelection efforts, and there was an upside for Obama, too. The president got to defend his philosophy, besieged of late by scandals, that government can help people. "When we make a commitment that we've got your back, we mean it and we're not going to finish until the work is done," he said.