First on CNN: Christie vacationing in Puerto Rico
February 14th, 2014
06:19 PM ET
9 years ago

First on CNN: Christie vacationing in Puerto Rico

Washington (CNN) - On the heels of a major winter storm that blanketed his state with snow, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent Friday at a resort in Puerto Rico with his family.

CNN was alerted to his whereabouts by a person who saw the governor poolside at a resort in San Juan.

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Asked to confirm if Christie is in Puerto Rico, a spokesman for the governor said he is on a brief vacation with his family.

"After the storm had passed, the governor left the state this morning for a long weekend away with his family, and he will return Monday night," said spokesman Colin Reed.

In accordance with state protocol, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is in charge of government business until Christie returns.

Democrats criticized Christie in December 2010 for not cutting short a family vacation to Disney World while a massive blizzard brought New Jersey to a standstill. Guadagno was also out of state at that time.

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  1. Dave

    Christie is taking a long weekend, I'm shocked. SHOCKED!

    February 14, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Thomas

    It's three day weekend , did the Governor use the state jet instead of the helicopter this time ?

    February 14, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Adam

    If I was Governor Christie, I'd want to take a vacation amid the allegations of my knowledge of corruption in my ranks.

    Then again maybe he should have chosen to stay put and deal with the blow black.

    February 14, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. VJ

    Christie is enjoying is last few vacations.... Let him enjoy... He will be jail soon for his b u l l ying fort Lee mayor and Sandy relief victims... I don't see any differences between Christie and Ray Nagen...

    February 14, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Kathleen3

    Interesting. The less than likeable Geraldo Rivera mentioned he, also, was leaving to spend the weekend in Puerto Rico.

    February 14, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. conoclast

    Keep this man healthy, republicans! Indeed, coddle him; he's your only hope against the psychotic radical-right billionaires. (and who knows, maybe they own him too)

    February 14, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Eva

    Give Gov. Christie a break and get off his back. He is being played by the Obama administration to take the heat off of the illegal things being done by Obama and company. Chris, enjoy your vacation, try to get to Vieques but fly over as the ferry will be booked. I planned to go to Vieques or Culebra on my last trip but was not told how booked the ferries are on the week end. Have fun, you deserve it.

    February 14, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Dangvu

    What do you expect he will be, in the middle of the busy street holding a shovel helping neighbor to clean the snow pile? Come on CNN, that is non of your business to know where is the mayor of New York now. Ah, how about Governor of Maryland?

    February 14, 2014 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Well isn’t that special.

    Well good for Christie; I'd say see yah too. Have a good vacation!

    February 14, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. JacinJax

    ROFLMAO!! So how much snow fell in New Jersey? Some places got 22 inches. And all I see is how all the flights are canceled and people have been stuck at the airports for days. So how did Christie get to Puerto Rico? Could a wealthy donor with a private jet have flown him there?

    All I can say is DUDE!! Haven't you gotten enough bad press this year already. A Caribbean vacation while your state is buried under snow and the the salt silos are empty isn't the way to win hearts and minds. Can't stop laughing.

    February 14, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Rafael 51

    Welcome to Puerto Rico Governor Christie. Welcome to the 51st State of USA. Hopefully you can be toured around the island and maybe be an advocate for us. We want statehood we voted for it and now this new administration in PR won't act on it as supposed by law.

    February 14, 2014 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Bulldog

    The Gov. takes my breath away. The state is out of road salt. A ship off the coast has over 40 tons of salt, but Obama's Homeland Security won't let it dock because it's not flying a United Stated flag. People are screaming for help, which only the Gov. might give and he's sunning in PR. I'm suffering from bullyism.

    February 14, 2014 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Hill Adams

    As a Texan who grew up in Metuchen , NJ and still has friends there and who gets first hand accounts about the severity of the difficult conditions brought on by this harsh winter, I am very surprised to learn that Gov. Christie has such a poor sense of leadership as to take his family to Puerto Rico during a time of such difficulty for his fellow citizens. I really thought that as a man who seems to aspire to higher office, and as a man who I have admired for his lack of PC, would have more sense.

    February 14, 2014 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. MoneyWatcher

    Thank goodness you don't tell the worls when and where I am on vacation! Really people? Get a life.

    February 14, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. dou44

    Nice on the taxpayers dime. NJ is a microcosm of the US gov't- corrupt, on holiday, and vindictive.

    February 14, 2014 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Spartacus

    Isn't it funny that Obama was in Hawaii when the big storm hit Washington DC? No mention of that by CNN.

    February 14, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  17. composed

    So no one else in the state can do anything without Christie. Give him a break. I wish I where there

    February 14, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. J.V.Hodgson

    AE shucks, continually chased by the media, President snowed in cant do sandy repeat of presidential support riding on the back of a snow plough supplied by FEMA.
    With flight cancellations what they are he 'll be away till long after Monday.

    February 15, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  19. Dan J

    much ado about nothing. These people go on vacation. Democrats and republicans do it. Its four days.

    February 15, 2014 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  20. Claudia L

    How convenient for him. He can run, but he can't hide.

    February 15, 2014 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  21. Sheryl Mexic

    What is the issue? The storm has passed. Why isn't he allowed to go away for the holiday weekend?

    February 15, 2014 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  22. kathykatie

    Obama is on his 23rd vacation, and is currently golfing in California while D.C. is buried under snow. Moochelle is packing for her annual ski trip. Go ahead. Complain about a few days Christie is taking- at his own expense! I dare you!

    February 15, 2014 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  23. biggoofer

    Where should Christie be?

    Where was Barack in December when the storm hit North-East in December?

    February 15, 2014 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  24. BengalGypsie

    Oh great, obvious baiting article. I think we forget that politicians are also human, if you could go on vacation during so much winter weather, you would. After a month of serious events, regardless of opinion of this person, he at least deserves a reprieve. But I'm sure there will be some wave of criticism for this, like 3 days off is such an injustice to the people he governs, are we at work 24/7? We all have work we know we need to get done, projects to do, but we can't bury ourselves in them, work will always be present, things always need to get done but if there's nothing so urgent that a man can't let his second in command take charge for a reprieve, then why wouldn't he? Especially on a holiday weekend?

    February 15, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  25. Jim

    Yawn.... Are politicians not allowed to take a break over a long weekend?

    February 15, 2014 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
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