Chris Christie's Wife Takes Reins of Campaign With Governor in New Jersey

The governor headed back to New Jersey as snowstorm approached.

“We decided to pull an audible and put me in charge of a couple of the meet-and-greets,” New Jersey’s first lady told ABC News on Friday night in Lebanon, New Hampshire after her first day campaigning in her husband’s place.

On Friday, she held two solo events after the governor began his drive back to New Jersey in the early afternoon, and today, she is filling her husband’s shoes for four more events.

And there is perhaps no better prepared understudy for her husband.

“I've heard a lot of what his answers are and certainly I know what his policies are and I know him,” Mary Pat Christie said. “It’s really not nerve-wracking,”

And when she gets a question she doesn’t feel comfortable answering?

“I can certainly punt and let the big guy answer when he gets back up,” Christie said.

“He has done over 50 of these town halls, which are over two hours in length, so bring your crackers and snacks,” she joked.

Most other questions, however, she answered with ease, like when a man asked her what she would make as her initiative as first lady if her husband heads to the White House.

“There’s no doubt what I would do,” she began. “I really think that our veterans are not being taken care of, whether they’re suffering from mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction. We’re not doing what we should on a national level.”