President Obama surveyed Sandy’s devastation in New Jersey on Wednesday alongside Gov. Chris Christie, in a bipartisan display that precedes a full-scale cranking up of the campaign operation with just six days left before Election Day.

The president, greeted by Christie upon landing in Atlantic City, went on an hour-long tour with the governor on the presidential helicopter. Obama and Christie flew over some of the worst-hit areas, including the popular boardwalk destinations of Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant — communities now covered in sand and water. In Seaside Heights, the two hovered above a still-burning fire that appeared to have claimed several homes and surveyed damage to iconic Jersey Shore landmarks.

In a reminder that the tour and storm response comes in the midst of an airtight political race, the word “ROMNEY” was etched in sand on the north side of Point Pleasant Beach as Obama and Christie – one of Romney’s most vocal supporters – passed over.

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