Christie on Tuesday morning emphasized the severity of the damage, saying 2.4 million people are without power in the Garden State, and that there have been three deaths and substantial flooding. …

Christie called federal response “great,” and said that telephone conversations with the president and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials “have been excellent.” He said Obama called him at midnight to check in, the third time the two have spoken during the storm.

“The president has been outstanding in this,” Christie said.

Regarding funding for the disaster, Christie said he wasn’t concerned with the budget process at the moment, touting the federal funding New Jersey will likely receive.