New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going to Disney World! And nothing is going to stop him, not even an epic blizzard.
The tough-talking governor left for Florida with his family on Sunday just as the storm was making its way to the Garden State. And Christie apparently has no intention of ending his vacation early and returning home to help his state dig out from under two feet of snow.
The governor's spokeswoman, Maria Comella, told Politico that "snow in the northeast happens often," and that the response is being handled by the acting governor and all of the state agencies. "And like every other day, the governor was and continues to be in regular contact with his staff and cabinet officers," she added.
That acting governor should be Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the first person to hold that newly created office. But she is vacationing in Mexico. (Apparently nobody wants to be in New Jersey.) Senate President Stephen Sweeney is now in charge.
"We clearly made a mistake if we created the office lieutenant governor and wasted money if the lieutenant governor is not going to be here when the governor is out of state," State Sen. Raymond Lesniak told The Star-Ledger. "It's being handled very well by Sen. Sweeney, but you have to really question the purpose of the office."
Steve Benen of The Washington Monthly wrote that this could be a big political mistake for Christie, who has been mentioned as a possibility for the 2012 GOP presidential race although he insists he is not running.
When it comes to keeping up appearances, this doesn't look great for the New Jersey governor. The vacation scheduling was clearly a mistake; Christie bolted even after being told about the impending blizzard; he's making no effort to cut short his trip; and Democratic officials are doing all the heavy lifting (sometimes literally) while the governor enjoys some fun in the sun.
Christie is due back on Thursday.