A Tale of Two N.J. Pols in a Snowstorm: Christie Vs. Booker
December 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—This is a story of two New Jersey elected officials and how one is not like the other. When a powerful Nor’easter blanketed New England the day after Christmas, stranding passengers in their cars and causing power outages, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) were away on vacation in the warmer climates of Florida’s Disney World and Mexico. Who was watching the store while they bailed out ahead of the snowstorm? Stephen Sweeney, a Democratic president of the state Senate and acting governor until Christie returns on Thursday, who declared a state of emergency and coordinated rescue efforts and snow removal. Christie didn’t bother to communicate directly with Sweeney, but instead spoke with his aides. Compare Christie’s nonchalance to Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s heroic actions during the height of the storm that all played out publicly on Twitter. Booker not only personally came to the rescue of stranded residents with his own shovel, he also delivered diapers and helped a woman about to give birth.
Christie’s spokesperson pushed back against the criticism, telling the Hill newspaper snowstorms in New England are not a big deal.
“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.”
Cristie’s spokesperson was referring to the criticism leveled against Christie by State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D) for taking a vacation the same time as the Lt. Gov, leaving the state unprotected during an emergency.
Photo Source: Mayor Booker’s Facebook, Christ Christie/Wikimedia/Walter Burns/Creative Commons Attribution.