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New Jersey’s Gov. Christie Clowns on ‘Saturday Night Live’ While Thousands Still Without Power

Governor clowns on SNL while thousands without power
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And we thought he was a stand-up guy.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie burst onto the political scene as a seemingly reform-minded, conservative leader — maybe even one worthy of consideration for president. But lately, his performance has led many critics to believe he’s more in it for himself.

On the heels of Hurricane Sandy, he was seen hobnobbing with President Obama during the commander-in-chief’s visit to the storm-ravaged region, which was seen as more of a photo-op than anything else.

And now, Christie thinks it’s more important to crack jokes on “Saturday Night Live” about the disaster than to push for relief.

This last weekend, Christie made a guest appearance on the show, tossing off one-liners about New Jersey. Meanwhile, the Front Page Mag website reported that while the governor was having fun on ‘SNL,’ this is what is happening in his state:

“In Rahway, where many residents were still without power… 400 survival kits handed out by the Red Cross in the City Hall parking lot proved to be too few. ‘All of a sudden it was like a big rush,’ Red Cross worker Lauren Franklin said. ‘They went extremely quickly.’

For Monique Patterson, who arrived too late to get a survival kit, it was insult added to injury. ‘It’s been hell,’ she said. ‘I have three kids and we have no power, no heat, for 13 days now.’

William Dickson, who works for the Union County city, said there has been little communication between authorities and residents about when PSE&G would restore electricity. ‘It’s so cold at night I have to sleep with a blanket over my head and use my own breath to stay warm,’ he said.

Various news reports put the number of New Jersey residents without power at tens of thousands (at least).

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