TAMPA, Fla. (CBS) – Just because he is in a different state and about to star in the national political spotlight, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hasn’t wavered from his usual unfiltered ways.

While speaking at a rally for New Jersey delegates in Tampa on Sunday, Christie referenced a quote that he made this time last year as Hurricane Irene was headed for the Garden State.

“They brought me down here on Sunday to make sure if there’s any idiots who were on the beach, tell them to get the hell off the beach,” Christie said, alluding to Tropical Storm Isaac.

Christie made the original comment during a news conference in August of last year when beaches were being evacuated in New Jersey. Christie emphatically told overzealous beachgoers “to get the hell off the beach.”

Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, events for the Republican National Convention are being squeezed from four days to three.

Christie is scheduled to deliver the keynote address on Tuesday night. He told Larry Kane he is ready for his keynote address after lots of practice.

“I’ve rehearsed a bunch already back at home. I think I’ll do it once or twice between now and Tuesday night, but I don’t want to leave it on the practice field, Larry, so I’ll just do it once or twice more, then I’ll be ready to go.”

Kane: “You’re not a teleprompter kind of guy?”

Christie: “No, I’ll be using one, though, on Tuesday night. We’ve got time limits, and I have a written speech, so yeah. Usually I’m not, but I don’t think you go off the cuff at a keynote address at a national convention.”

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