Chris Christie slammed GOP presidential rival Ron DeSantis for “enjoying politics” after the Florida governor selected to not meet with President Biden throughout his journey to the Sunshine State to survey harm from Idalia.
Biden spoke with DeSantis final Monday about federal help because the state braced for Hurricane Idalia’s eventual influence, and the 2 spoke once more on Thursday, in the future after landfall and after Biden accepted a significant catastrophe declaration for the state.
However, the 2 2024 presidential rivals saved their distance throughout Biden’s go to Saturday, a choice that Christie mentioned he wasn’t shocked by.
“That’s [DeSantis’s] selection,” Christie mentioned, in an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio. “I’m not in the least shocked that’s what he selected to do.”
Christie, the previous governor of New Jersey who met with then-President Barack Obama within the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, mentioned DeSantis failed in his job as governor of the state.
“You’re the governor of the state, the President of the USA comes and also you’re asking…the Congress for vital support…you must have been there with the president to welcome him,” Christie mentioned.
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As an alternative of assembly with DeSantis, Biden met with the present junior senator of the state and former governor, Rick Scott. Biden praised Scott after their assembly and Christie took the possibility to attract a distinction he sees between DeSantis and Scott.
“Thankfully, Rick Scott…who is aware of what it means to be governor, confirmed up and made positive the President noticed what he wanted to see,” Christie mentioned.
Christie mentioned DeSantis didn’t be there for the folks of Florida by not being there to fulfill with Biden.
“Your job as governor is to be the tour information for the president,” Christie mentioned. “To verify the president sees your folks, sees the harm, sees the struggling that’s happening and what’s going to be wanted to be accomplished to rebuild it.
“You’re doing all your job and sadly he put politics forward of his job, that was his selection,” Christie mentioned.
Biden mentioned that he had been in contact with DeSantis previous to his go to, the situation was mutually agreed upon and that he wasn’t dissatisfied with DeSantis for not coming, saying “he could have had different causes.”
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