New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) brushed off concerns on Tuesday about his return to the campaign trail as Garden State residents struggled with flooding in the wake of the weekend’s blizzard.
“Do you want me to go down there with a mop?” Christie asked an attendee at a town hall in Hooksett, New Hampshire, according to ABC News. The questioner said she went to school in New Jersey and had friends who told her about the flooding.
Christie said the clean-up of the severe flooding was done already.
“All of the water had receded back, so for your friends and family, who are concerned about why I’m not there, I just wonder what it is they think I’d be doing today,” he said.
Christie also accused a Huffington Post editor on Monday of making up criticism of his handling of the severe weather in New Jersey.
Christie returned briefly to the Garden State over the weekend to assess damage from Winter Storm Jonas. By Sunday, he was back in New Hampshire, the early voting state on which he’s hanging his presidential ambitions.
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