Christie, Bloomberg Visited By The Ghost Of John Lindsay
The snowstorm that shut down the East Coast from the Delmarva Peninsula to Maine may have missed Washington, but two elected officials who could have D.C. in their sights have been buried under a blizzard of bad press for their handling of the Nor'easter.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I) both have been mentioned as possible presidential contenders in 2012, despite their numerous denials. But both now find themselves on the defensive over their responses to the Boxing Day Blizzard.
In Christie's case, it's simply a matter of showing up. Christie and his family left Sunday for a vacation at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as the storm that brought nearly 32 inches of snow to densely-populated Elizabeth, N.J., was bearing down on the state.
Adding to Christie's plight, the state's Lieutenant Governor, former Monmouth Co. Sheriff Kim Guadagno (R), is also on vacation, leaving the Garden State in the hands of state Senate Pres. Stephen Sweeney (D) and leading to an avalanche of criticism for the Christie administration.
Guadagno is the first lieutenant governor in the state's history; the position was created following a 2005 initiative aimed to prevent this very situation. Sweeney has instructed Christie's chief of staff and chief counsel to prepare applications for FEMA assistance.
Meanwhile across the Hudson, Bloomberg is asking city residents for patience after the storm slowed essential services down to a halt. A day after becoming testy with WCBS-TV's Marcia Kramer while defending the city's response, Bloomberg appeared slightly more contrite on Tuesday, telling New Yorkers, "I'm angry, too."
"We won't get to everybody every time," Bloomberg said, according to the New York Daily News. "Yelling about it and complaining doesn't help."