MOONACHIE, N.J. — The third anniversary of Sandy hitting the tri-state region happened to be on the day after New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who burnished his image as a leader through his response to the super storm, had put in what he called "a pretty good" appearance at the Republican presidential debate. His national campaign, however, is the greatest source of criticism of the governor by people still feeling the effects of Sandy's devastation.
"You promised us you'd be there," said Sue Kenneally, a Keansburg, N.J. resident whose home was washed away by Sandy, and who is still not able to return.
Kenneally told PIX11 in an interview what she would say to the governor, given the chance. "But you're out gallivanting to all these other states," she said, referring to Christie's presidential campaign. "Finish the job."
For his part, Christie met with small business owners in North Jersey whose businesses were damaged by the super storm. The location, at a movers warehouse, was very conveniently located next to Teterboro Airport, from which the governor could quickly fly in and out to stay on the presidential campaign trail.
He did make characteristically unscripted comments, but took no questions. What he said, though, offered little solace for people still suffering from Sandy's devastation.
"The loudest critics are the ones who have done the least," Christie said, acknowledging that "the state," not him personally, has critics. But, he said, "some of the criticism is valid."