Chris Christie cancels Harvard appearance because of flight delays

FILE- In this May 25, 2017 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during Caron Treatment Center's Executive Luncheon on the Opioid Crisis at the headquarters of Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. Christie's Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, has been at his side for the last eight years. Her Republican primary campaign to replace him has forced her to straddle a fine line between embracing the positive from her time in office and running away from the Christie legacy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was scheduled to speak in Boston on Monday.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was scheduled to appear at Harvard Medical School Monday night to deliver the keynote address at the sixth annual International Conference on Opioids.

But travel logistics were not on his side. Christie had to cancel the appearance “due to delays and cancellations of flights into Boston,” his office said in a statement.

“The Governor sends his regrets to the conference organizers, its attendees and to everyone joining in the fight to resolve this nation’s opioid addiction crisis,” the statement read.


Logan International Airport has seen an increase in flight delays since May due to resurfacing work on a key runway.

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However, Michael Glynn, a spokesman for the conference, said he had heard the issue may have been wind patterns at Newark Liberty International Airport, preventing the flight from taking off on time. According to the flight tracking website FlightAware, flights out of Newark were delayed by an average of more than 30 minutes Thursday afternoon.

Christie’s flight “is just in the air now, so it wouldn’t have gotten here on time,” Glynn said around 5 p.m.

Spokespeople for Newark Liberty and the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan, were not immediately available for comment. Christie’s spokespeople referred questions to the two airports.

Christie, who ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination before offering support to then-candidate Donald Trump, is now leading President Trump’s commission to fight opioid addiction. The commission also includes Governor Charlie Baker, a Christie ally. Christie was expected to call for measures that would make it easier to share patient information in the event of an overdose, NJ.com reported Monday.


“We’re hugely disappointed. We were looking forward to his comments because he is the chair of the president’s committee,” Glynn said. “We’re not angry. What can you do?”

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