TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left New Hampshire on Friday to return to his home state, which is bracing for a potentially historic snowstorm.
Christie tweeted Friday afternoon: "I'm sorry N.H. but I gotta go home -- we got snow coming."
In subsequent tweets, Christie said his wife would be staying behind and that "you are never not the governor." The New Hampshire Primary is Feb. 9.
The move comes after many in his home state have slammed him for absenteeism. In August, a poll by Rutgers-Eagleton found more than half of respondents felt Christie should resign as governor. More recent polling found more than half of those surveyed considered Christie "stubborn" and "arrogant," and a little less than half found him "self-centered," a "bully" and "impulsive."
Last year, Christie earned the lowest approval rating of any governor in 2015, according to Quinnipiac University.
I'm sorry, NH but I gotta go home - we got snow coming. #Jonas— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) January 22, 2016
I want to make sure the people of my state feel safe and secure. #Jonas— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) January 22, 2016
But I will be back, because I am able to do both things. The fact is - you are never not the governor. #Jonas— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) January 22, 2016
I will be going home this afternoon, but Mary Pat is staying. #Jonas— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) January 22, 2016
The storm is expected to bring high winds, snow and flooding to the Northeast this weekend.