Gov. Christie defends state's response to storm

FREEHOLD - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) praised the state's response today to the blizzard that dumped more that two feet of snow on parts of the Garden State.

Christie traveled to Freehold this morning to formally sign a letter seeking money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 13 counties who were hit the hardest by the blizzard.

Christie said at the news conference today that he felt confident in leaving his senior staff and state Senate President Steve Sweeney in charge during the storm. He also noted that he was constantly briefed while in Florida and made all major decisions in consultation with Sweeney, who was acting governor.

A number of people have criticized the governor for not cutting his trip short, including starting a website called They say that his presence in the state would have made a difference in the cleanup efforts.

Christie blasted critics saying the trip was a promise he made to his kids and one he wasn't willing to break.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R-N.J.) was also out of the state on a two-week cruise that had been planned by her father, whom Christie said was gravely ill.

FEMA will be visiting the counties Christie requested aid for on Monday to make its decision.

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