Gov. Christie not planning on returning to N.J. for storm

     AP Photo/Mel Evans

    AP Photo/Mel Evans

    UPDATE: (1/22/16 @ 1:15 P.M.) Gov. Chris Christie has announced that he is returning home. “I want to make sure the people of my state feel safe and secure,” he tweeted. 

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that he is not planning on returning to New Jersey from the presidential campaign trail for the weekend coastal storm.

    In an impromptu interview this morning in New Hampshire captured by NJ Advance Media, the governor said that he has held preparation calls with staff and been dishing out assignments ahead of the storm, which forecasters say will dump a significant amount of snow and generate coastal flooding.

    “I don’t plan to [return to New Jersey], but you know, again, if circumstances warrant, you always do that,” Christie said when asked if he would return, adding that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is “handling things on the ground there.”

    The governor said it’s “too speculative to know” the storm’s outcome. 

    “We’re preparing for the worst like we always do,” he said, adding that “we’ve gone through this rodeo a bunch of times before.”

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