New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who has taken some heat for going to Disney World while New Jersey was snowed in by a not unexpected blizzard, just dug the hole a bit deeper:
“I would have been doing the same thing here as I would have been there,” Christie said. “I would have been in a room someplace. I would not have been out, like, driving a plow.”
Good to know, Gov. Christie. I don’t think anyone expected you to drive a plow, but they probably didn’t expect you to be an asshole about it either. Or maybe they did. That’s no excuse.
Gov. Christie also praised the work of Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who was stuck dealing with the mess when the governor and lieutenant governor took off for warmer climes (the lieutenant governor went on a cruise with her ill father), but I doubt anyone with a dead family member would appreciate his words:
“We did not have any significant loss of life,” Christie said, calling it an “extraordinary accomplishment.”
Yeah, I’m sure the family of the man who died of a heart attack after rescue workers had to use sleds to get to him really appreciates that sentiment. Wait, aren’t Republicans all about sanctity of life?
Christie also went after local mayors who complained about his absence:
When asked about the hundreds of people trapped in their homes for days, Christie said unless they lived on state roads, it’s not something his administration would have been able to change.
“If someone is snowed into their house, that’s not our responsibility,” Christie said.
When asked about mayors who said they were forced to divert their resources to unplowed state roads instead of clearing local roads Christie said, “I know who these mayors are and they should buck up and take responsibility for the fact that they didn’t do their job.”
Christie, who thinks none of this is his responsibility, is nonetheless requesting FEMA funds to help cover the cost of the disaster. Yeah, that federal teat is evil until you need it.
What an ass!