Christie Trades Barbs With National Weather Service Over Blizzard Forecast
Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) slammed meteorologists for predicting more snowfall than what fell throughout the Garden State, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The storm, projected to dump one foot to 18 inches of snow throughout parts of New Jersey, accumulated between a quarter-inch in Atlantic City and about a foot in Denville, along Interstate 80.
Calling the latest storm "a big underperformer," Christie said he's had his fill of the National Weather Service, at a recent news conference.
That remark did not go over well with the former chief meteorologist of NWS' Mount Holly, N.J. bureau, which covers South Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.
“It's a great disappointment to hear the governor speak that way about the National Weather Service,” Gary Szatkowski said.
Szatkowski said Trenton botched the organization's "outstanding forecast" during Hurricane Sandy, calling Christie's management "disastrous."
"I'd expect a more responsible perspective from my governor," he told the paper.
Ross Dickman, the manager of the Long Island, N.Y. bureau that oversees North Jersey and New York City, responded to Christie's comments, saying the weather service played it safe by "remaining on the high side" of predicted precipitation.
The storm, originally projected to hammer the coast, instead had a greater effect on the Poconos and western New York State.