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Christie knocks DeSantis for not meeting Biden during visit to survey hurricane damage

Christie knocks DeSantis for not meeting Biden during visit to survey hurricane damage

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Chris Christie greeted then-President Barack Obama at an Atlantic City tarmac with a warm handshake. | Charles Krupa/AP Photo

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday blasted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for what he said was putting “politics ahead of his job,” after DeSantis snubbed President Joe Biden over the weekend during his visit to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Idalia. “Your job as governor is to be the tour guide for the president, is to make sure the president sees your people, sees the damage, sees the suffering, what’s going on and what needs to be done to rebuild it,” Christie said during an interview on Fox News Radio’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show.” “You’re doing your job. And unfortunately, he put politics ahead of his job. That was his choice.” Christie, a rival of DeSantis in the Republican presidential primary, has personal experience navigating the optics of a visit from a Democratic president following a natural disaster. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that ravaged New Jersey in 2012, Christie greeted then-President Barack Obama at an Atlantic City tarmac with a warm handshake — and subsequently spent years defending himself against his “hug” with Obama that some conservative pundits suggested was the reason Mitt Romney lost the presidential election weeks later.