New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is back in New Hampshire, and that means he's back on the stump.
At a town hall forum in Hooksett, N.H., on Monday afternoon, he took a question from a young woman who went to the Pennington School, a preparatory school just north of Trenton. She says some friends and family back in Jersey wanted her to question Christie on his departure from the Garden State in the midst of his constituents' blizzard cleanup.
Her question and his response is captured in a six-minute video posted Monday to Youtube. (Watch the video above.)
Specifically, the woman noted flooding in some South Jersey shore towns.
For those familiar with the governor's debate style at his many town hall forums, his response is straight out of the Christie playbook:
"It's already done. It's already done," he said of the flooding. "I don't know exactly what you expect me to do: Go down there with a mop?"
Christie said he was on the phone "six different times today" with his staffers, and further defended his departure by noting that NJ Transit had returned to service, only 500 of 94,000 people who lost power had yet to be restored, and there was no residual flooding. He also said the lieutenant governor was at the shore with other state officials.
"So for your friends and family who are concerned about why I'm not there, I just wonder what it is they think I'd be doing today. I'm the governor. I'm not the chief engineer," he said.
"All you have to do is what you think is right. If there was anything left for me to do, I wouldn't have come back."
"Here's the one thing you need to know about that mayor: His town didn't get hit by Sandy," Christie told the New Hampshire crowd, which chuckled at the governor's set-up and delivery.
"You got to put all of this stuff in perspective."
Inquirer reporter Maddie Hanna is following Christie across the campaign trail. Follow her @MaddieHanna.