Governor Chris Christie: Hurricane Sandy Update, Today Show

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) praised President Obamas work to help states battered by Hurricane Sandy as outstanding Tuesday, but cautioned that the recovery would be a prolonged effort.

Christie said Obama had moved quickly to help designate his state a disaster area to better expedite federal assistance.

The federal governments response has been great. I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president, personally, he has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area, said Christie, in an interview with NBCs Today.

Last night, I was on the phone with FEMA at 2 a.m. this morning to answer the questions they needed answered to get that designation and the president has been outstanding in this. The folks at FEMA, [Administrator] Craig Fugate and his folks have been excellent, he continued.

In a separate interview with MSNBCs Morning Joe, Christie added to the praise, saying that the president has been all over this and deserves great credit.