CHRISTIE'S PLAIN TALK

November 6, 2012 - 3:33 PM
Superstorm Sandy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference outside the Joseph Bolger Middle School in Keansburg, N.J., where he spoke to residents Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, a week after Hurricane Sandy devasted New Jersey. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Clem Murray, Pool)

Count on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to put it plainly.

Some complaints and confusion arose after a last-minute provision in his state allowed people displaced by Superstorm Sandy to vote via email or fax.

The American Civil Liberties Union's New Jersey office asked a judge to intervene in the email voting process in Essex County, saying about two dozen voters complained they had not received their ballots.

An election official in Hudson County said a backlog was created by voters requesting email ballots even though they weren't forced from their homes by the storm.

Christie, as is his wont, put the matter in simple terms during his briefing Tuesday.

"If you haven't been displaced by the storm, get off your butt and go vote," Christie said. "I voted. There's no reason anybody else shouldn't vote. I'm pretty busy."

— Geoff Mulvihill — Twitter http://twitter.com/GeoffMulvihill

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