Hours after giving an update on the effects of Saturday's blizzard in New Jersey, Gov. Christie was back in New Hampshire to continue campaigning for president.

"Thank you for your understanding when I had to run out of here," the governor told a town hall meeting at the VFW Hall in Portsmouth according to NorthJersey.com. Christie returned to New Jersey as the blizzard approached on Friday, leaving his wife Mary Pat and 82-year-old father in New Hampshire to keep up his campaign schedule.

It didn't take long for the blizzard to become part of the campaign. Sen. Marco Rubio joked that the blizzard might "freeze" President Obama's veto pen. Christie fired back on CNN's "State of the Union" that the comment showed "a real immaturity" from the Florida senator to be making light of a blizzard, in which "families were freezing in the cold, losing power and some of them losing their loved ones."

Christie said the comment showed "a difference between a United States senator who has never been responsible for anything and a governor who is responsible for everything that goes on in your state," said Christ

Rubio's campaign in an email to the Associated Press said that Christie was "shamed" into going back to New Jersey after initially saying he would remain in New Hampshire during the storm.

Christie at the town hall referenced the blizzard.

"Whether it's an impending storm or whether it's the scourge of radical Islamic jihadist terrorism, you have to make people be safe and secure," said Christie according to ABC News. "I’m proud that we didn't lose one life in New Jersey yesterday because the people of New Jersey, as crazy as it seems, they listen to me."

Sign up for the NJ1015.com Newsletter

Get the best of NJ1015.com delivered to your inbox every day.