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"It boggles the mind that a governor would abandon his state in the midst of a natural disaster. He was in Disney World, for crying out loud, of all places. That's the worst image that you could possibly have." — Bob Mann, communications director for Gov. Kathleen Blanco during Hurricane Katrina. Mann was speaking of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dismissed bipartisan criticism of his decision to continue his Florida vacation as his state was hit by a blizzard so devastating that FEMA inspectors arrived to check the damage. Nevertheless, Mann didn't think Christie's decision was a death blow to the freshman governor's career: "I'm speaking from a state that just re-elected (U.S. Sen.) David Vitter, who admitted to having sex with hookers. There is definitely a way a politician can rebound."

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