|Obama-Chris Christie Reunion Bad Timing for NJ Dems|
|Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip)||May 24, 2013, 12:29 PM|
(Image Credit: Pete Souza/The White House)
President Obama and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie will reunite once again when the president visits the Jersey Shore Tuesday.
The post-Memorial Day trip comes as the New Jersey coast prepares for its first summer season after Superstorm Sandy. A senior White House official confirmed the visit to ABC News today.
Obama and Christie have become something of a political odd couple since the storm's devastation nudged them closer together in the fall. The October storm, which came ashore shortly before the 2012 presidential Election Day, and Christie's praise for Obama are credited with helping Obama overcome a negative media spiral after his disappointing debate performances against Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee.
While another bipartisan love-fest could only mean good things for both Republican Christie and Obama, it isn't quite as good for Christie's Democratic opponent State Sen. Barbara Buono, who is struggling to sustain a credible challenge to Christie's gubernatorial re-election bid.
A poll earlier this month showed Buono trailing Christie by 32 percentage points.
Buono released her first television ad of the campaign this week, but is competing against a sitting governor who has the advantage of putting himself in Jersey Shore recovery ads, to the great annoyance of state Democrats:
For its part, the Buono campaign is keeping it classy.
"We're glad the president is coming to see the rebuilding of the shore and to support the thousands of families and businesses who are still recovering after Sandy," Buono communications director David Turner said.