December 6th, 2012
09:25 AM ET
Washington (CNN) – New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie will be in Washington, DC Thursday for meetings on Capitol Hill and with White House officials regarding relief for Hurricane Sandy, according to a senior Christie adviser.
Christie's visit follows a similar trip to Washington earlier this week by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, while both men push for federal funding to aid their states after the late October storm ravaged parts of the northeast.
However, he said it was too early to put a price tag on the White House's expected request for relief money.
"I'm not going to get ahead of this process," Carney said at the White House. "I would anticipate that we would get a request up this week, and we can certainly discuss it further then."
FEMA Director Craig Fugate said the agency's Disaster Relief Fund will need refilling as part of a supplemental spending bill. During a Senate hearing last week, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said the administration is finalizing its request based on information coming from New Jersey and New York.
Cuomo has asked for $42 billion in aid for New York while Christie has asked for $36.8 billion for the Garden State.
The spending requests come amid an intense debate over spending levels as both parties are embroiled in a standoff over the fiscal cliff.
But presidential politics are also a bit at play with Christie and Cuomo, both high profile and popular governors, considered potential 2016 presidential candidates.
The Christie-Obama relationship landed in the spotlight when the two showed a united front in the wake of the storm, just days before the presidential election. Christie was an early backer of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and had served as a top surrogate for the GOP nominee during the presidential campaign.
– CNN's Dana Bash, Jessica Yellin, Paul Steinhauser and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.