Christie defends return to campaign trail: ‘You want me to go down there with a mop?’

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DES MOINES, Iowa — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is defending his decision to return to the campaign trail after this weekend’s record-breaking blizzard.

The governor was asked by a young woman at a town hall event in Hooksett, New Hampshire, Monday evening why he was campaigning in the state instead of helping survey damage caused by the snowstorm. She said her family and friends in the state were concerned.

Video of the exchange posted by shows Christie responding, “Well because it’s already done.”

He says only one county in the state experienced flooding and asked what she expected him to do.

“You want me to go down there with a mop?” he says.

Christie said people would be complaining even if he still were in New Jersey and said he would have stayed had there been anything left he had to do.

He then offered to call the young woman’s family and friends later in the evening to hear their concerns.