New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) turned down an offer from President Obama to visit the storm-ravaged Big Apple, but he said Tuesday that his rejection wasn’t meant as an insult.
“What I pointed out to them is we would love to have him, but we have lots of things to do,” Bloomberg said at a press conference. “I’m not trying to diss him. But I know he had planned a trip to New Jersey, and I said that’s fine. It represents the whole region.”
The mayor, who has stayed neutral in this year’s presidential race, added that he was “flattered” by Obama’s offer and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been “very helpful to us.”
Obama heads to New Jersey today to tour damage with Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.Y.), an outspoken critic of the president who has had nothing but praise for the president’s storm response.