De Blasio: Christie ‘needs to come back’ to manage storm

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Chris Christie speaks during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "needs to come back" to his state and suspend his plans to campaign in New Hampshire ahead of a predicted winter storm that could wallop the East Coast, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday in an interview on CNN.

De Blasio, who canceled a planned trip to Washington D.C. on Thursday evening for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in order to prepare for the possible storm, which could blanket New York City with a foot of snow, said it is unquestionable that Christie should return to New Jersey, in case the storm is worse than predicted.

"A day or two ago it might have been a question mark, right now it's not a question mark anymore," de Blasio told CNN's Alisyn Camerota. "Obviously we are being warned that it could even be worse. We find this out with each storm. Sometimes it's less than we expected, sometimes it's more. So for any governor, it's time to come home."

In a statement Thursday evening, Christie's campaign said the governor “continues to actively monitor the winter storm and held a telephone briefing of his cabinet this evening to direct the state’s contingency and response planning. New Jersey's state agencies are making all necessary preparations while models of the storm’s path and the potential impact on New Jersey become clearer as we approach the weekend."

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When De Blasio said that wasn't good enough, he was challenged by Camerota.

"Why is that?" she asked. "He has a cell phone. Why can't he just dictate orders from wherever he is?"

"You can, but there's nothing like feeling what the people of your city or the people of your state are going through," de Blasio said. 

"Last big storm we had I toured all over the city — you see what's happening on the ground, you see where there has to be changes made or where people need extra help," de Blasio said, adding, "this is more important than politics."

It was the second shot de Blasio has taken at Christie in as many days. On Thursday, de Blasio took aim at Christie over New Jersey's underfunding of its pension system, telling reporters that a decline in the state's credit ratings from major ratings agencies since 2010 corresponds with Christie's time in office.