Chris Christie spent HOW MANY days outside of NJ in 2015?
Gov. Chris Christie may be New Jersey's head of state — but he's headed out of the state awfully often.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal Monday, Christie spent 261 days partially or entirely out of New Jersey in 2015 — more than two-thirds of the year. That included 71 days in New York or Pennsylvania, and 56 in New Hampshire — where Christie's focusing most of his presidential campaign efforts ahead of the state's first-in-the nation primary election.
The report said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno oversaw state affairs 17 times in December alone. The governor is expected to travel even more often in early 2016, as primary races approach.
“There is no time that I’ve not reached out to him in the last six years that he hasn’t answered the phone or texted right away,” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told the Wall Street Journal. “He’s completely available all the time.”
Christie's absence was among the reasons the New York Times in October urged him to get out of the presidential face.
“The point is that New Jersey is in trouble, and the governor is off pursuing a presidential run that’s turned out to be nothing more than a vanity project,” the Times editorial board wrote — saying he should join with other candidates running low on money and support and get out of the race.
(Then again, the Times argued its Christie's management of New Jersey that's landed New Jersey in trouble — so it's not clear its editorial board would have suggested he's a helpful force when back home).
In late November, Donald Trump criticized Christie for continuing his campaign and ignoring a "deeply troubled" New Jersey.
Christie has said before he's in charge, even when not physically in New Jersey.
"In the end, as I've said, many, many times before,I can walk and chew gum at the same time," New Jersey Advance Media reported Christie said last summer, while in New Hampshire.