ASBURY PARK, N.J. – President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie promoted the Jersey Shore’s summer tourism economy Tuesday while praising the federal government’s role in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, reprising their beach-buddy routine in a display of mutual assistance with potential political dividends.

Despite a steady drizzle, the Democratic president and the Republican governor tried their hand at arcade football and the president declared that the state’s popular shore was back seven months after the devastating storm bore down on its famed boardwalks and seaside towns.

“You are stronger than the storm,” Obama said, borrowing a line that Christie himself uses in a federally funded advertising campaign touting Jersey Shore tourism. “After all you’ve dealt with, after all you’ve been through, the Jersey Shore is back and it is open for business.”

The two men, who established a rapport in the wake of the October storm, toured Tuesday from Point Pleasant Beach to Asbury Park.