Last fall, with the White House race still up for grabs, Chris Christie played the admiring host to President Barack Obama. Many of the New Jersey governor’s fellow Republicans threw a figurative flag on him for unnecessary graciousness.

But conservatives who remember 1989’s Hurricane Hugo likely can cut the governor some slack for trying to secure timely federal aid after “Superstorm” Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore.

Gov. Christie has drawn more recent — and more deserved — criticism over his timing for a special election to replace U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died early this month.

The governor could have simply added that race to the New Jersey general election ballot in November.

Instead, at considerable extra cost to taxpayers, he set the Senate election for October. That way, his own re-election bid the next month won’t be threatened by the anticipated heavy black voter turnout for Cory Booker, if that African-American mayor of Newark is, as expected, the Democratic Senate nominee.

And last week, during a visit to Samsel Upper Elementary School, Gov. Christie risked the wrath of New Jersey’s Giants and Jets fans by telling students that his favorite sports teams are the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Mets and ... Dallas Cowboys?

As the governor put it, that’s “not the smartest thing for the governor of New Jersey to want to be.”

At least you can’t accuse him of jumping aboard a victorious bandwagon: Dallas has won only one playoff game in the last 16 seasons.

Then again, the Cowboys have long billed themselves as “America’s Team.”

And as Gov. Christie, who reportedly wants to become America’s president, knows, Texas has an abundance of Republican Convention delegates — and electoral votes.