N.J. Gov. Christie, vacationing during snowstorm, pushes back on criticism


I'm of two minds on this. I agree with Cole that it's really a non issue, but then I detest this frackin' bully so much I hope the whole hoopla damages him permanently. It's been quite the twitter meme all day. Interesting to note that the rebuttal is coming from the spokesman, not Christie.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office is pushing back against complaints that both he and the lieutenant governor were vacationing during a blizzard that blanketed the state with snow.

The snowstorm paralyzed much of the Northeast on a busy holiday travel weekend but Christie (R), a darling of national Republicans, and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno were traveling in Florida's Disney World and Mexico, respectively. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) has been serving as acting governor in their absence and coordinated response efforts.


In a lengthy response Tuesday, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said the criticism of the new governor was "overblown."

"Yes, this was a big snow, but we are a northeastern state, and we get plenty of snow, including heavy hits like this," he wrote in an e-mail to The Hill. "But the sky really is not falling, and we'll get through this just as we always have, notwithstanding complaints from opportunistic partisans like Lesniak."

Even though New Jersey's snow is a home-state concern, national observers have eyed the criticism of Christie, given his high national political profile.

  • leaning

    The point is we just created the position of Lt. Governor and she and the Governor both took a vacation the same week. Do we really have to pass a law that says they both can't be out at the same time?

  • If the chief executive of a state feels he's useless in a crisis, who am I to disagree?

  • and many thanks to Cory Booker..

  • mj

    "I’m of two minds on this. I agree with Cole that it’s really a non issue . . ."

    Oh, I don't.

    After all, the wingers love to make an issue whenever President Obama goes on vacation; what's good enough for the goose . . .