Republican Governor-elect Chris Christie greets supporters on election night at his headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Christopher Barth)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie struck back at former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, dismissing Giuliani’s comments that Christie should have been in-state during the recent snowstorm as merely chatter from “the peanut gallery.”
“I understand this perception thing. I get it, and I’ve listened to everybody,” Christie, one of of the northeast politicians dinged by last month’s snowstorm, said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“I like Rudy a lot too, but it’s easy to sit in the peanut gallery and shoot away,” he said.
Christie caught flak during the storm because both he and his lieutenant governor were out of state. The governor was in Disney World, and Giuliani said on “Morning Joe” last week that Christie “should have come back. … You’ve got to be there if you are a governor, a mayor, or even a president, if it’s important enough.”
Giuliani campaigned for Christie in 2009.
On Wednesday, Christie said Giuliani is “wrong on this one.” In the days since the snowstorm, Christie has defended his choice to stay in Disney World, saying his first responsibility was to his family, and that he’d taken all appropriate steps to manage the weather emergency from the road.
“I guess when you’re retired and out of politics, it’s easy to come on these shows and shoot away,” he said.