Chris Christie reportedly apologized for calling a mayor “crazy” after latter suggested that last week’s blizzard caused worse flooding than Hurricane Sandy.
But the New Jersey governor is not at all sorry for his lack of concern — and presence — during the snowstorm.
Christie came under fire after he returned to his presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire while people in his state were still reeling from the effects of the historic snowstorm. Even worse was his response to a voter who asked him why he was not in his own state, dealing with the flooding.
“I don't know what you expect me to do. Want me to go down there with a mop?" the Republican hopeful said, before adding: “I heard one crazy mayor down in South Jersey say this is worse flooding than Sandy. Here's the one thing one thing you need to know about that mayor. His town didn't get hit by Sandy."
Who's Crazy Now?!? We Love our Crazy Mayor!!! Thanks for your Support!! pic.twitter.com/K5afSkHWPC— Zippy's Bikes (@ZippysBikes) January 26, 2016
North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, to whom Christie was referring, later said he was disappointed by his governor’s statement.
"I'm a big boy, he can call me names, I don't mind that," Rosenello stated in an interview with a local Fox news station. "It's very disappointing, though. My children have met the man. I've met his wife and his children."
Rosenello, who is also a Republican, had been supportive of Christie during both of his gubernatorial bids.
"It's just disappointing that a man, who is the governor of New Jersey, a man who wants to be president of the United States, would lower the discourse in a situation such as this," he said, adding his Hurricane Sandy comparison was more about “miscommunication” than the damage caused by the blizzard.
Although Christie apologized for using the word “crazy” to label Rosenello, the Republican presidential candidate expressed no regrets for his much-criticized insensitive attitude toward the concerns of the people in New Jersey.
“Where I think I went overboard, I apologized and when I called my old friend Patrick Rosenello crazy at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, that was over the top,” Christie was quoted as saying by New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio. “It was a little bit of one adjective too many. Usually for me that’s like three adjectives short of what I usually do, but it merited an apology and I gave one.”
So, there it is. Christie appears more apologetic for his use of adjectives rather than the fact that he left his state in the midst of a potentially life-threatening snowstorm. Definitely not the best way to attract voters now, is it?
Meanwhile, here is the flooding Christie wants to deal with "with a mop" in North Wildwood:
Despite gov's claim of only minor to moderate flooding, streets in North Wildwood are flooded long after high tide. pic.twitter.com/oWvOsUI4vH— Amy S. Rosenberg (@amysrosenberg) January 24, 2016