Romney's push comes as neighboring New Jersey has been crushed by Superstorm Sandy, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie has embraced Obama and the millions in federal emergency relief the state will need to recover. Eastern Pennsylvania voters, who often can watch local news from either Philadelphia or New York, have recently been treated to images of the president shouldering his duties as commander in chief and comforting families who have lost everything.
Romney was clearly aware of that reality as he campaigned in a town just a few miles from the Jersey border.
"Thanks also to the governors that are dealing with this tragedy, particularly the governor of New Jersey, Gov. Christie," Romney said Sunday, some of his only recent words of praise for a man he considered picking for his running mate. "He's giving it all of his heart and his passion to help the people of his state. They're in a hard way, and we appreciate his hard work."
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