Christie: Sweeney apologized in email after Sandy gaffe Monday
By Matthew Arco | January 9th, 2013 - 1:44pm
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BELMAR – Gov. Chris Christie gave reporters some insight Wednesday into the fist bump he gave the Senate president just before his annual State of the State address Tuesday.

The governor was asked whether his relationship with Senate President Steve Sweeney has been strained since the top Democrat said at a news conference Monday that Christie must have “prayed” for Superstorm Sandy as part of his jobs package. Christie denied his relationship with Sweeney is on the rocks and explained the reason for Tuesday’s fist bump.

“He said to me, ‘Chris, I’m sick. Let’s fist bump,’” Christie said at a Belmar news conference, explaining the Senate president told him he was sick after the governor shook hands with Speaker Sheila Oliver.

Christie joked that perhaps their relationship is better than he originally thought.

“If he was really angry at me maybe he would have wanted to get me sick,” he joked.

The governor was also asked about Sweeney’s comment earlier in the week about Christie using Sandy to deflect attention from other problems facing the state.

“Steve said something that he apologized for and that’s fine,” Christie said. “Everyone makes mistakes.”

Christie went on to say what he thinks is disconcerting about the gaffe is that he believes Sweeney meant what he said.

“I think that’s still a problem,” he said.

Sweeney apologized to Christie in an e-mail following the Monday news conference, Christie said.

“He told me that he was sorry and that he did not mean what he said and I accepted his apology,” he said.

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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