NORTH WILDWOOD - - A southern New Jersey official says he's "disappointed" to hear Gov. Chris Christie called him a "crazy mayor."

Christie made the remark about North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello on Monday. It came after the Republican mayor said his Cape May County town's dune system had suffered major damage and was "severely compromised" by the weekend snowstorm.

“I am more disappointed, however, in the evident lack of concern or respect that he is showing for the first responders, residents, business and property owners of North Wildwood, Cape May County and other areas of New Jersey impacted by this storm,” Rosenello said in a statement Tuesday. “Having spent the entirety of this event in North Wildwood and coordinating with our emergency responders to safely rescue approximately 150 people from their flooded homes, my perspective is somewhat different from that of the Governor as he campaigns in New Hampshire."

Christie says the flooding that occurred was not as bad as it could have been, saying Cape May was the only county where it happened.

When the Republican presidential candidate was asked why he was campaigning in New Hampshire instead of staying in New Jersey, Christie reiterated his statements and said he had heard "one crazy mayor down in South Jersey say this is worse flooding than Sandy."

He then told the questioner: "I don't know exactly what you expect me to do. You want me to go down to Cape May with a mop?"