Las Vegas mayor, tourists react to New Jersey Governor's jab
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey took a jab at summer travelers that choose to visit Las Vegas. He made the controversial remark while speaking at a news conference Wednesday.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey took a jab at summer travelers that choose to visit Las Vegas. He made the controversial dig while speaking at a news conference Wednesday.
"There is no reason people should go to Las Vegas in the summer," Christie said. "Why would you go to the middle of the desert in the summer? You'd have to be stupid to do that."
Tourists out and about on the Las Vegas Strip had quite a reaction to Christie's comments.
"I'm thinking what does he know? He lives in New Jersey," one tourist said. "I'm here in September, and it's still better weather than they're having back there!"
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman also released a statement reacting to Gov. Christie's comments.
"A little heat with our state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, climate-controlled resorts, is certainly much more inviting than having to deal with some of the weather they have had to endure in New Jersey recently," Goodman said.
The news conference Gov. Christie was speaking at focused on revitalizing the nations second-largest gambling market, Atlantic City, providing him a chance to offer an alternative to the number one market.
"Come to Atlantic City," Christie said. "where there's a beautiful beach, and gamble if you want to."