TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he knew for months that both he and the state's second-in-command would both be vacationing out of state between Christmas and New Year's.

But he waited until December 22 to ask the Senate president if he was available to fill in.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney was acting governor for four days while the state was walloped by a winter storm that dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on some coastal communities.

Christie has been widely criticized for leaving New Jersey ahead of the December 26 blizzard while Lt. Kim Guadagno was vacationing in Mexico.

The governor said Tuesday that both would not be out of state at the same time again. He says his staff kept him apprised of the storm situation.