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Chris Christie slammed GOP presidential rival Ron DeSantis for “playing politics” after the Florida governor chose not to meet with President Biden during his trip to the Sunshine State to survey damage from Idalia.

Biden spoke with DeSantis last Monday about federal assistance as the state braced for Hurricane Idalia’s eventual impact, and the two spoke again on Thursday, one day after landfall and after Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the state.

But, the two 2024 presidential rivals kept their distance during Biden’s visit Saturday, a decision that Christie said he wasn’t surprised by.

“That’s [DeSantis’s] choice,” Christie said, in an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio. “I’m not the least bit surprised that is what he chose to do.”

Christie, the former governor of New Jersey who met with then-President Barack Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, said DeSantis failed in his job as governor of the state.

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