Christie says he will ‘be here to welcome’ Obama to New Jersey

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Christie: I'll "welcome" Obama: Ahead of President Obama's trip to New Jersey next week to review the recovery effort in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,  Gov. Chris Christie (R) brushed aside concerns that appearing with the president could hurt his stock among Republicans ahead of 2016. "I never worry about that stuff, I worry about doing my job," he told NBC's "Today," adding: "The fact of the matter is, he's the president of the United States. And he wants to come here and see the people of New Jersey? I'm the governor, I'll be here to welcome him."

Bloomberg group goes after Pryor: Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control group co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), is spending six figures on an ad hitting Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) for voting against expanding background checks on gun purchases.

Obama raises issue of military sexual assaults: Obama addressed the issue of sexual assaults in the military during his commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy. “It only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode people’s trust in their government,” Obama said.

Clinton leads Republicans in Iowa: Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton would top both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in Iowa if the 2016 presidential election were held today, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Clinton leads Rubio 48 percent to 37 percent, while she outpaces Paul by a narrower 46 percent to 42 percent margin. Vice President Biden trails both Republicans by slim margins in the poll of Iowa voters.

Book it: Clinton's memoir is due to be released on June 1, 2014.

Heated in the Bay State: The Massachusetts Senate race is growing ever more heated. The latest: Republican nominee, Gabriel Gomez, compared Rep. Ed Markey (D) to "pond scum."

Meanwhile, Markey finally released his tax returns Friday afternoon. Gomez, who has made millions in private equity, released his tax returns in March and has been pressuring Markey to do the same.

Grassley aide running for Senate: Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's chief of staff will try for the same title his boss holds. David Young will run for Iowa's open Senate seat.

Mystery solved: Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin got into Obama's Thursday speech on counterterrorism policies to heckle him by listing herself as a member of the press.

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