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.

Meanwhile, Mayor Booker has drawn national attention with his valiant efforts to free stranded and housebound Newark residents via Twitter requests.

Photo Source: Mayor Booker’s Facebook, Christ Christie/Wikimedia/Walter Burns/Creative Commons Attribution.


2 Responses to “A Tale of Two N.J. Pols in a Snowstorm: Christie Vs. Booker”

  1. kalushkin on December 29th, 2010 11:01 am

    Valiant effort my behind. I live in the West side of Newark in Ivy Hill, which is the biggest private housing development in the state, where there are 10,000 people living on one block. Not one street has been plowed and not one plow has come through. This is ridiculous, people can’t get to work and the buses, which use the street, are all getting stuck there. Booker should get off his twitter, and stop pretending like he is doing something and get the union PW workers to do their job and not just collect overtime.

    Three fudging days and not one plow….really….I’d rather he be out of state.

  2. Harry Butz on December 30th, 2010 1:09 am

    Three feet of snow would have qualified for National Guard help………oh wait, they are all in Afghanistan or Iraq because of G.W. Bush, who Christie supported. Still, there might be a few left in NJ and would report if called out by the Governor…………oh wait, he was in Florida. Well, thank goodness NJ now has a Lt. Governor…………oh wait, she was in Mexico?

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