“It is the second time in a week that Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey,” a statement from the governor’s office said.
“The governor is making no apologies for our commitment to the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors.”
Christie was in New York to attend the United Nations Climate Summit and to address a joint session of Congress.
He had been scheduled to speak in New Jersey about his plan to bring jobs back to the state.
But he canceled the trip when he learned that he was about to be interviewed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about climate change and the hurricane.
“I am disappointed that Governor Christie has cancelled his appearance at the United States Climate Summit in New Hampshire tomorrow,” the governor said in a statement.
“New Jersey is a state that has been hit hard by Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and we must stand together in the face of extreme weather, regardless of political party or political ideology.
This is not about politics or ideology; it is about safety and security.”
Christie had been planning to speak to the American Conservative Union and other groups about his proposal to raise the minimum wage.
He did not address climate change during his speech, but a spokeswoman said he would discuss it in his speech.
“We have the strongest infrastructure in the world, but we still face challenges, including the rising costs of carbon,” the spokeswoman said.
In the interview, Christie said his goal is to make the state a leader in renewable energy, which he said will reduce New Jersey’s reliance on fossil fuels.
“My goal is for us to be the energy capital of the world,” he said.
A senior Democratic political strategist said he was “thrilled” with the governor.
“He knows what he’s talking about,” said the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the strategy is confidential.
Christie is expected to deliver his remarks at a press conference at 10 a.m.
But the governor will be in New England for the final two days of the United Nation climate summit.
The summit is expected a high-profile gathering with some of the most powerful nations on the planet.
The United States, the European Union and China will gather there.
The world is on track to meet its goal of cutting carbon emissions to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
The meeting comes as the world is grappling with the worst weather in decades, with a record number of major hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. and devastating the Northeast.
In New Jersey, the storm knocked out power to thousands of homes, killed more than 20 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
The storm also forced evacuations in the city of Jersey City, and thousands were left without power for weeks.
Christie canceled his speech Monday afternoon because of a “medical emergency.”
He said he has had to cancel several scheduled appearances to attend other work.
Christie has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s administration, calling the president’s recent policies on climate change a “disaster.”
Christie has also said the United Kingdom has a responsibility to address climate risks in a way that respects the lives of people living in the United State.
“People have been affected by extreme weather and climate change, and I’m not going to let that happen again,” Christie said in December.
“In the future, I want to see more of us taking actions that are based on science.”
Christie is the latest politician to take on climate policy.
Last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Fox News that he is “absolutely” backing Trump’s plan to slash carbon emissions.
“It’s a disaster for the United World, it’s a catastrophe for New Jersey.
It’s a catastrophic disaster,” Sanders said.
On Friday, Sen-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she will continue to push Trump to use his executive powers to cut carbon emissions and “protect our communities and our economy.”
“There’s not a time in this administration when we have to stop the fight for a climate solution.
We need to continue the fight,” Warren said.
Trump on Thursday signed an executive order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels and to study ways to cut emissions more rapidly.