WATCH: Gov. Christie Tries Snow Job to Explain Fla. Blizzard Trip

Okay, so he wasn't out hiking the Appalachian Trail during the biggest snow storm to hit his state in decades, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Tea Party darling, was frolicking in Florida with his family, a move that has tarnished his stand-up-guy reputation.

And now, it seems, despite his assertion to the contrary, Christie never deigned to speak, from his sunny environs, with the man he left in charge of the state in his absence, State Senate Leader Steve Sweeney. This prompted Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (and former New Jersey Democratic Party staffer) to call for an investigation by the state legislature of Christie's actions during the snow emergency. Green made his remarks last night on MSNBC's "The Ed Show." (Video below.) Last week, the PCCC launched a Web site titled, Where's Chris Christie?

At a press conference last week after his return, Christie -- who left for Florida the very day the storm came barreling up the East Coast -- asserted that he had been in contact with Sweeney. From theNewark Star-Ledger:

"Senator Sweeney and I consulted on all of the significant decisions that needed to be made during the period of my time out of the state," Christie said at the press conference. "We never once disagreed on what needed to be done."

Great -- except that Sweeney says the two never once spoke during Christie's absence. Further shoveling his way into a hole, Christie went on to blame mayors for not clearing roads that are the state's responsibility. Route 18, a major thoroughfare in the Jersey Shore region, was shut down for days.

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AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan

Posted at January 4, 2011, 3:54am

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