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Christie Defends Being On Vacation For First Big Storm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is asking for federal aid to assist in cleanup from the post-Christmas blizzard. The one he and his family spent at Disney World. And Christie is offering an apology to absolutely no one.

Governor Christie was in Freehold signing a letter requesting FEMA aid when reporters asked him why he failed to return to the state after the severity of the storm.

“My kids were really looking forward to having this vacation with me and I was looking forward to having it with them and I had promised it to them. I don’t break promises lightly to anybody and especially not to my children.”

Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno was also out of state leaving it to Senate President Steve Sweeney to handle things. Christie says he was in constant contact with administrators and Sweeney and could not have done anything more had he been in the state.

As for how the storm was handled, Christie gives workers an A for effort and a B+ for results.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio; CBS 3.

  • Guess Who

    The media never mention that the snowstorm was unexpected, as it had been downgraded before Christie left.

  • Ace

    Which airport was he suppose to fly into? Better yet which planes where coming up North? We all know the answer to that. They were closed if my memory serves me correctly.

  • Brian

    What arrogance! He’s having a good time and the rest of us can be damned. Shame on you.

  • Stephanie Patterson

    Of all the petty things the media picks up on, this was just plain stupid. While I think that Christie will do more harm than good in NJ, he has a right to take a vacation. And he at least maintained phone contact (he reported). Having the Lt. Gov away at the same time is just more stupidity in NJ government. One person should be minding the shop!

  • Mason

    The snow storm aside, becasue we really didn’t need him to be here, it’s not like he was going to catch the snowflakes as they fell, but…… Wasn’t the point of the Lieutenant Governor to have someone here when the Governor was out of state? Who decided it was a good idea to let them both go on vacations at the same time? Thank you for blatently wasting my tax dollars!!!

  • R.Davis

    I have not heard him use the obvious reason tat one could not travel anywhere because of canceled flights and te fact that he could have been out of touch while he was tied up trying to get back home. The media is trying to destroy him. He did the right thing.

  • Lesliem 825

    Cristie has a right to a vacation like anyone else and acting governor did fine he couldnt predict storm when planning trip

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