Absent But Not Fonder

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STATE – When New Jersey’s tough-talking Governor headed out for a sun-filled vacation at Disneyworld with his family, he left Garden State residents to weather the worst winter storm in decades.

Christie and his Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno both took off at the same time for the holidays, with Christie on a family vacation in Orlando while Guadagno went to Mexico.

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Now, an avalanche of criticism has fallen on the Republican and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) e-mailed its 19,000 New Jersey members Thursday urging them to start a viral Internet campaign against the nationally popular GOP governor.

A “Where in the World is Gov. Chris Christie” website created by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee features images of the governor altered to make him look like Waldo, the main character in the children’s book series “Where’s Waldo?”

“Partying with Mickey Mouse while serious incidents are happening back home isn’t leadership. This is just the latest time that Christie has left the state at a critical moment — putting his own interests above New Jersey’s,” the PCCC co-founder Adam Green wrote.

“It just rolls off my back,” Christie said of criticism about his absence from the state. “If you’re going to let this kind of stuff bother you then you’re not going to last long in this job, and I expect to be in this job a long time.”

The PCCC has tied Christie’s absence to other issues that have dogged the new GOP governor and asked members to share the “Where’s Christie” link on Facebook.

“Together, we’ll show that when New Jersey was losing billions in federal education funding and suffering a massive transportation shut-down, Christie was hopping around the country campaigning for Republican candidates instead of putting his state first,” Green said.

As the blizzard headed north up the East Coast Sunday, Republican Gov. Chris Christie flew south with his family for a week-long vacation at Disney World in Orlando.

Now that he has returned, he has been getting a cool reception with public opinion polls showing a 13-point decline in his gap between approval and disapproval.


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