Turns out that while I was on vacation at Walt Disney World for five days, so was the governor of New Jersey. It is a small world after all! [Sorry, couldn't resist.]
I was able to keep doing the key parts of my job. The Governor, not so much. ThinkProgress has the story:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has received heavy criticism from residents and lawmakers for leaving the state, along with the Lt. Governor, during the fifth-largest blizzard in New Jersey’s history. Yesterday, Christie defended his vacation as “a great five days.”"I would have been doing the same thing here as I would have been there,” Christie said. “I would have been in a room someplace. I would not have been out, like, driving a plow.” The governor also dismissed a question about trapped residents and attacked some New Jersey mayors:
When asked about the hundreds of people trapped in their homes for days, Christie said unless they lived on state roads, it’s not something his administration would have been able to change.
“If someone is snowed into their house, that’s not our responsibility,” Christie said.
When asked about mayors who said they were forced to divert their resources to unplowed state roads instead of clearing local roads Christie said, “I know who these mayors are and they should buck up and take responsibility for the fact that they didn’t do their job.”
Some residents did not appreciate Christie’s vacation, however. “I think this was his first priority. I mean, I’m all for everybody going away and having a vacation. He’s entitled to that, just like any of us, but”¦this storm really debilitated the whole state,” one man told CBS New York.
Today, 95 percent of the roads in New Jersey are clear. Over 550 trapped vehicles had to be removed from roads, and Christie is requesting funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for what he says is a state of disaster in 13 counties.
Christie and all Northeast governors no longer be surprised if they get an intense snow deluge this time of year — see “An amazing, though clearly little-known, scientific fact: We get more snow storms in warm years!“ But then, Christie is not one for all that science mumbo jumbo (see Zombies take New Jersey — Governor Christie questions climate science“):
Mankind, is it responsible for global warming? Well I’ll tell you something. I have seen evidence on both sides of it. I’m skeptical “” I’m skeptical. And you know, I think at the at the end of this, I think we’re going to need more science to prove something one way or the other.
But you know – cause I’ve seen arguments on both sides of it that at times – like I’ll watch something about man made global warming, and I go wow, that’s fairly convincing. And then I’ll go out and watch the other side of the argument, and I go huh, that’s fairly convincing too.
So, I go to be honest with you, I don’t know. And tthat’s probably one of the reasons why I became a lawyer, and not a doctor, or an engineer, or a scientist, because I can’t figure this stuff out.
Okay, he doesn’t want to be a smarty pants. But if he wants to play the tough New Jersey guy, he’s gonna have to do better than this:
When it became clear that the storm was getting worse, Christie said his wife warned him to not “even think about” canceling the trip.
As for my trip, I’ll do a post later this week with some thoughts on the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.