Romney Praises Christie Disaster Response

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Morrisville, Pennsylvania (CNN) — If Mitt Romney is upset with Gov. Chris Christie for praising President Obama, he didn’t show it Sunday night.

In fact, the GOP presidential candidate singled out the fiery New Jersey governor in a speech to 25,000 outside Philadelphia, lauding Christie’s response to Superstorm Sandy.

“He’s giving it all of his heart and his passion to help the people of his state,” Romney said. “They’re in a hard way, and we appreciate his hard work. Thank you, governor.”

Christie made waves among the political class with his effusive praise of the president’s handling of disaster relief.

Earlier Sunday, a senior Romney adviser brushed off questions about whether the storm — which prompted both candidates to cancel events with only a week left in the race — had stalled the campaign’s momentum.

“I don’t look at what happened with the storm and how it affected so many people through a political lens,” said adviser Kevin Madden. “Instead, we are focused on what we can do to make sure that the enthusiasm that we have seen in states, that it’s part of helping our get out the vote efforts in all these key battlegrounds and then just focusing on the message.”

Romney’s Pennsylvania rally — one of his largest events of the campaign — was the third of three stops the Republican candidate made Sunday.

He planned a four-state blitz Monday, with stops in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire.
   
By: CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld
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