Before Hurricane Sandy descended upon the northeastern states, New Jersey governor Chris Christie says, he told Mitt Romney that he more than likely wouldn’t be available for any campaign events in the week leading up to the election. Romney, he insists, was understanding. However, some in Romney’s camp don’t feel the same way, and have bashed the governor for not showing up to a rally on Sunday in Pennsylvania.
“I said to him, ‘Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it’s going to, I’m off the campaign trail from here to Election Day,’” Christie says. “And he said to me, ‘Chris, of course. That’s what you have to do. Do your job. Don’t worry about me. I’ll take care of things.’ So all this other noise, I think, is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States. Well, that’s too bad for them.”
It appears that the fact that Christie was so close to the rally–around 20 minutes away, according to the Huffington Post–is what angers the staffers so much.
“You can’t tell me he couldn’t have gone over there for a night rally,” a Romney campaign source said.
However, with more than 700,000 people still without power in the state of New Jersey–not to mention massive flood damage and gasoline rationing–Christie says his priorities were clear, and he expected members of Romney’s campaign to understand.