On the eve of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “State of the State” address which will be given on Jan. 8, 2013, State Senate President Steve Sweeny (D) made remarks about his vision of the Christie Administration thus far, including one which he took back and immediately apologized for saying.
As reported in PolitickerNJ, Sweeney was referring to jobs and un-employment in NJ and stated “we gave the governor a jobs package and he vetoed it. And his job package was a hurricane. I guess he prayed a lot and got lucky a storm came,” Sweeney quickly added “I shouldn’t say that,” he said. “I apologize for saying that.”
Sweeney went on to say that the governor will hide behind super storm Sandy during his State of the State address Tuesday in an attempt to gloss over what Sweeney outlined as the governor’s failures in office.
It didn’t take long for Christie’s spokesman Michael Drewniak to respond; “no one prayed for what New Jersey has endured,” Drewniak said. “This is politics at its worst and Senator Sweeney’s next press release should be to all residents of New Jersey saying he is ashamed of what he said today.” “It was shocking to hear Senator Sweeney reduce Hurricane Sandy and its devastation to a heartless partisan attack. Ask the thousands of New Jerseyans whose homes or businesses were destroyed or damaged if they view Hurricane Sandy as a partisan political issue, or if this is what they want to hear from their leaders at this time of recovery as we fight for disaster aid in Washington,” Drewniak said in statement.