ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (October 30, 2012)--Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford says he would love nothing better than to confront New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "mano a mano."
Speaking on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday, Langford disputed Christie's criticism that Langford erred by allowing people to shelter on the barrier island rather than moving them inland.
Langford said the governor was either misinformed or ill advised.
The mayor said while most Atlantic City residents fled the island, some decided to stay.
He said the city had a contingency plan in place for those who didn't heed the warning to evacuate.
Langford said it's reprehensible that the governor would try to play politics out of a serious situation.
Speaking on "Today," Christie said his "anger has turned to sympathy for those folks."
Christie, who’s been campaigning for Mitt Romney across the United States, praised President Barack Obama's response to the storm, however.
Christie told CBS this morning that Mr. Obama's cooperation has been "outstanding," and that he "deserves great credit."