One year after Hurricane Irene swept havoc through the Garden State, Hurricane Isaac’s anticipated landfall along the Gulf Coast has forced the Republican National Convention to delay, cancel or revamp some of their Tampa, Florida events. But while some governors and others have lost or forfeited spots in a schedule-shuffle, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s keynote is slated for a prime 10 p.m., nationally broadcast slot on Tuesday evening. He follows remarks by Ann Romney.
Down in the Sunshine State, the New Jersey presence includes 50 official delegates, 50 alternatives, and another 400 or so people who have decamped to a Tampa area hotel in support of the Governor’s entourage.
For those who want to follow his Florida doings, Christie is — or at least his PR folk are — all over social media, with a new Tumblr blog, Words With Christie, two Twitter accounts — @GovChristie and the just opened @ChristieKeynote — as well as his usual Facebook page and YouTube channel.
At the GOP/NJ delegation welcome event, Christie quipped, invoking his now-familiar if overused line from last August when Irene loomed, “They brought me down here on Sunday just in case there’s any idiots on the beach to tell them to get the hell off the beach!”
Meanwhile, back in Jersey, where many are awaiting Christie’s speech with either bated breath or palpable dread, at least one thing is certain: He won’t be advocating for self-service gas stations back home, on any exit. Phew.