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Chris Christie ditches cozy Obama relationship

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   July 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM   |   Comments

July 1 (UPI) -- It appears Chris Christie's bipartisan detente with President Barack Obama is over.

The New Jersey Republican, who is up for reelection this November, warned that his working relationship in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last fall did not mean he approved of the president.

"I don't want him to be president," Christie said, adding that he didn't vote for Obama last November.

Obama "can't figure out how to lead" and was more wrapped up in ideology than "getting things done," Christie said over the weekend.

Christie came under significant fire last year when he offered praise for the president after they appeared together after Sandy hit within a few weeks of the presidential election, especially when Christie refused to appear with Mitt Romney.

He is also widely considered a frontrunner for the GOP presidential ticket in 2016, for which any closeness to Obama, real or perceived, could become a burden.

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