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Obama, Chris Christie to Tour World Trade Center Together

Pete Souza/The White House/Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might be at the top of most veepstakes lists, but it won’t be Mitt Romney with whom he’s appearing on Thursday.  Instead, he will tour One World Trade Center Thursday afternoon with Romney’s rival, President Obama.

It might be quite an awkward meeting.  The tough-talking Republican governor last week railed against Obama at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Chicago.  Christie hit Obama for his comments on Friday that the “private sector is doing fine” and it’s local government hiring that’s slowing the economy.  The president later clarified his comments, explaining the economy is “not doing fine.”

In front of a cheering crowd, Christie said the statements show “the core difference between who we are and what he represents for America.”

“I remind my staff of this every day, and I want to remind you all today, the most powerful thing on our side is this: We’re right and they’re wrong,” Christie said.  “So let’s not make it any more complicated.”

Obama and Christie toured flood-ravaged parts of New Jersey together in September and if Christie, who has topped his personal favorability ratings in his state, is picked to be Romney’s running mate, Thursday’s video of their meeting will definitely be broadcast over and over again.

The attacks of Sept. 11 do transcend politics, but all eyes will be on how the two interact in this heated partisan atmosphere.  Christie does have a history of working with Democrats, at times.  He’s fighting with his Democratic state legislature right now, but he has a good relationship with Newark Mayor Democrat Cory Booker, as well as his state’s Senate president, also a Democrat. Christie and Booker filmed a spoof video together last month making fun of the possibility that Christie would join Romney’s ticket.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also be on hand for the tour on Thursday.  Booker will actually be with the president Thursday evening for a fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel.

Obama will also be fundraising at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker Thursday evening.  This event was highly publicized and involved a sweepstakes for low-dollar donors to win a ticket to the pricey event.

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President Obama Honors 9/11 Victims at WTC Site

David Handschuh-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama and his wife Michelle Obama paid respect to 9/11 victims Sunday by visiting the North Memorial Pool in the footprint of the spot where the north tower of the World Trade Center stood on this 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack.

The two observed a moment of silence commemorating the exact minute the first airplane crashed into the north tower, after which President Obama read a passage from Psalm 46.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” the scripture says.

The Obamas were joined by former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush.  The two couples walked along the edge of the pool and observed the names of the victims of 9/11 and the 1993 WTC bombing inscribed around the pools.  The couples then greeted some families of the 9/11 victims.

Presidents Obama and Bush also exchanged pleasantries with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former New York Gov. George Pataki, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignities on hand at the memorial.

This was President Obama’s second trip to the memorial site after first visiting back in May.

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Obama's Ground Zero Appearance Will Be Low-Key, Respectful

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama's appearance Thursday at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan will not be a "victory lap" to celebrate the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who directed the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Rather, his first visit in three years to what is considered hallowed ground will be subdued and will not include any public remarks.

Just as he had done during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama will lay a wreath at the site where the World Trade Center towers were brought down by suicide hijackers.  He will also meet with some family members of those killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.

The president is expected to spend three hours at Ground Zero with Mayor Mike Bloomberg and other officials.

Before his trip there, Obama will meet with New York City firefighters who lost comrades who responded to the fires at the towers on 9/11.

Former President George W. Bush, who visited the site just three days after the 9/11 attacks, declined a White House invitation to join Obama for Thursday's Ground Zero visit.´╗┐

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Dems Confident on 9/11 Responder Bill

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate could vote Tuesday on a bill that will guarantee medical care to rescue workers who became sick after 9/11, pushing forward legislation once rejected by Republicans and which proponents say was long ignored by the White House.

New York lawmakers have made a strong push in recent days to get the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act passed this week, giving the law its last best hope of success in the waning days of the lame-duck session of Congress.

A previous version of the bill passed the House but failed to get a vote in the Senate earlier this month. The new bill is expected to be voted on Tuesday or Wednesday. Supporters say it is likely to pass.

The bill aims to provide medical care to the emergency workers who first responded to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Many of the workers were exposed to toxins following the towers' collapse.

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