BRIGANTINE, N.J. —
"He has sprung into action immediately," said Christie.
Said Obama of the governor, "He has put his heart and soul into making sure the people of New Jersey bounce back stronger than before."
The storm forced an abrupt change in Romney's campaign, as well.
In Tampa, the Republican challenger said, "We love all of our fellow citizens. We come together at times like this, and we want to make sure that they have a speedy and quick recovery from their financial and, in many cases, personal loss." His criticism of Obama was glancing. "I don't just talk about change. I actually have a plan to execute change and make it happen."
Romney was spending the full day in the state, campaigning with former Gov. Jeb Bush. It was an unusual commitment of time in the final days of a close race, and an indication that Republicans view the state and its 29 electoral votes as anything but secure.
The debate was ferocious over Romney's broadcast ads. The radio version said that after Obama's auto bailout, General Motors has "cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China which means 15,000 more jobs for China.
"And now comes word that Chrysler is starting to build cars in, you guessed it, China."
Biden termed the ads scurrilous. He said that executives from General Motors and Chrysler, which produces Jeeps, had said the claims were inaccurate.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the truth is, just recently in the last couple of months, in Toledo, Ohio, not only is the Jeep plant open and churning out Jeeps, they announced they're adding 1,100 new jobs."
Ryan's emailed response conceded nothing. "President Obama has chosen not to run on the facts of his record, but he can't run from them," it said.