Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford on Tuesday pushed back at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s criticism of his handling of Hurricane Sandy, saying he would “love nothing better than” to confront Christie “mano-a-mano.”
During a press conference Monday, Republican Governor Christie, called the Democratic mayor, whom he has criticized in the past, “a rogue mayor” who’s “impossible to work with.”
Christie blasted Langford for having opened shelters in Atlantic City just before the Governor announced evacuation plans.
“Despite my admonition to evacuate, he gave them comfort for some reason to stay,” Christie said, adding that he “cannot in good conscience send rescuers in as the storm is about to hit in the next hour, nor can I send them in in the dark given all the various hazards that would occur potentially for them.”
But on Tuesday morning Mayor Langford told NBC’s Matt Lauer that Christie’s comments were not accurate.
“I’m telling you that that is absolutely false and the governor needs to say where the source is, where did he get his information, he’s dead wrong,” Langford told NBC News.
In other Gov. Christie related news, he’s praised President Obama for his assistance before, during and after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey.
“I have to say, the administration, the president, himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far,” Christie said on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. “We have a great partnership with them.”