New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he is hopeful that the federal government will give his state the money that it needs to recover from Sandy — and defended his relationship with President Barack Obama during his appearance on "The Daily Show" Thursday.
The Republican governor, who met with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to push for federal funds, endorsed Mitt Romney in the presidential election but praised Obama for his leadership following the president's visit to the storm-battered state.
"The week before the storm you were out there, 'President Obama couldn't lead his way out of a paper bag with a fist full of $20s," host Jon Stewart said. "And then right after the storm was over, you were like, 'This man is a leader.' Doesn't that tell you something about the game?"
"What it tells me is that people have different skill sets at different times," Christie said. "That's what it tells me."
"So he wasn't a leader until you needed leadership?" Stewart asked.
"Maybe until he was presented with a stark opportunity to lead," Christie responded. "It could be."
The governor also said it wasn't uncomfortable asking Obama for money at the same time he was refusing the White House's request to set up a state health exchange.
"I think he understands that there's all different kinds of issues," Christie said, referencing Obama, "and there are going to be some that we agree on. There are going to be some we don't agree on. But we gotta work together. And I think what he cares about most is that when you sit across from him and try to talk to him, you reason with him and you be fair."