Delivering his keynote speech at a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce dinner, Christie thanked Senators Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, also in attendance, before he added, “I will end the political portion of this program by thanking the President of the United States.” …

Christie told the crowd was invited to the White House to discuss the Sandy aid package about three days before the president was set to send his proposal for the bill to Congress.

“I won’t talk about how our conversation went — that’s between me and the president,” said Christie. “But I’ll let you all know it was a lot of fun.” …

“I want to thank the president — he’s been extraordinary,” the governor added.