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President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walk along the boardwalk during their visit to Point Pleasant, NJ., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walk along the boardwalk during their visit to Point Pleasant, NJ., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

President Barack Obama visited the Jersey Shore to view the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Chris Christie joined the president to visit families and business owners in Asbury Park and Point Pleasant who were impacted by the storm.

CHRISTIE BEATS OBAMA AT FOOTBALL GAME

For Christie, the president's appearance was yet another way to showcase his beloved Jersey Shore. The Republican governor has been touting it throughout the Memorial Day weekend as a destination point that is back in business, and he broke a Guinness world record Friday by cutting a 5.5-mile-long ceremonial ribbon that symbolically tied together some of the towns hardest-hit by Sandy. The state has a $25 million marketing campaign to highlight the shore's resurgence in time for the summer season.

"You are stronger than the storm," Obama said. "After you've all you've dealt with, after all you've been through, the Jersey Shore is back and it is open for business." That line was borrowed from Christie's marketing campaign.

"When we make a commitment that we got your back, we mean it," Obama said. He also praised Christie for the "great work" the governor has done in the recovery.

Both men reprised the remarkable bipartisan tableau they offered during Sandy's immediate aftermath, when Obama flew to New Jersey just days before the November election to witness the storm's wreckage. Politically, the visit plays well for both men. Christie, seeking re-election this year, will stand shoulder to shoulder with a president popular among Democrats in a Democratic-leaning state. And Obama, dueling with congressional Republicans on a number of fronts, gets to display common cause with a popular GOP stalwart. (Obama was not scheduled to meet with state Sen. Barbara Buono, Christie's likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race.)

Christie, in an interview with NBC on Friday, played down the politics, even when asked whether ties to Obama could hurt him among conservatives if he were to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

"The fact of the matter is, he's the president of the United States, and he wants to come here and see the people of New Jersey," Christie said. "I'm the governor. I'll be here to welcome him."

New Jersey is still rebuilding. Obama is visiting those regions that have been among the first to recover — Christie ranks the recovery of the state's famous boardwalks as an eight on a scale of 10 but concedes that in other parts of the state many homeowners are still rebuilding six months after the devastating superstorm struck. Overall, the storm caused $38 billion in damages in the state, and harmed or wrecked 360,000 homes or apartment units.

But the coastal recovery is a big potential boon for the state, where tourism is a nearly $40 billion industry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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