Christie swipes at Giuliani over snowstorm criticism

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) jabbed Wednesday at one of the best-known GOP politicians from the tri-state area over his criticism of the governor's handling of a recent blizzard. 

During a media tour Wednesday morning, Christie said former New York City mayor and 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani (R) was "wrong" to say that Christie should have returned to the Garden State from his Florida vacation to oversee response efforts to the post-Christmas blizzard in the Northeast.

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"It’s easy, when you are out of office, to be shooting from the peanut gallery when you no longer have any responsibility, but I have a responsibility to my family," Christie said on Fox News. "I would have never gone on the trip if we didn’t have a plan in place to be able to clear the snow."

The governor's comments are one of the first times he has personally responded to the fallout from his decision to remain on vacation during the storm. Christie has become nationally well-known, in part, for his sharp tongue.

Democrats in the state slammed Christie during the week before Christmas and New Year's, and his office was forced to defend the governor, especially after he was compared to Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, who personally helped some city residents shovel out.

The new governor said his job is not to "be on the back of a snow plow" and that his team "got the job done."

"Substance is what matters. I’m just going to chalk it up to a bad morning for the mayor. Maybe he didn’t have a good breakfast or something like that," he said. 

Christie appeared on a string of nationally televised morning shows after giving his State of the State address Tuesday. He said that despite his bold claims, he is still not thinking about running for president in 2012. 

"The idea of president didn't really cross my mind," he said on CNN.