CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie has heaped praise on President Barack Obama while traveling in southern New Jersey.

Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

The Republican governor made a series of stops in Camden on Monday, including a classroom visit with first-graders at the U.S. Wiggins school.

The children there peppered the potential 2016 presidential contender with questions about Obama and the White House.

Christie told the kids that he had been to the White House numerous times, describing the experience as "cool."

He also said the president has been a "very good friend" to New Jersey, especially after Superstorm Sandy.

Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, says he and the president "work well together." He described Obama as "a nice guy."


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