"The fact is that if somebody does a good job they deserve credit and New Jerseyans expect me to work with everybody —Republicans, Democrats, Independents —to get through this crisis and get the job done," Christie said.
If "anybody is upset in the Republican Party about this, then they haven't been to New Jersey. Come see the destruction, come see the loss, and then tell me if you're going to still criticize me for complimenting somebody who is the President of the United States and who has provided help to my people during one of the worst crises this state has ever faced," he said.
Christie said Sunday that all 21 New Jersey counties will now be included in the major federal disaster area declaration, making all residents eligible to seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
The governor also said progress has been made in restoring power to those who lost service when Superstorm Sandy struck last week.
Christie noted that fewer than 1 million residents were without power as of Sunday, compared with 2.7 million who lost their electricity at the height of the storm. Christie called the change "substantial progress."