A day after declaring a state of emergency due to a massive snowstorm, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was in New Hampshire to speak at a Republican forum.
Media reports say Bevin was guest speaker at a Saturday luncheon during the New Hampshire GOP's "First in the Nation Presidential Town Hall."
Bevin, who took office last month, grew up in the Granite State.
His administration defended his decision to leave Kentucky while it was under a state of emergency.
His spokeswoman, Jessica Ditto, says the governor has been "directly involved in the management of this snow storm."
She says Bevin decided the weather situation was well-in-hand and that he would honor his commitment to speak in New Hampshire. She says the governor also was meeting with companies interested in Kentucky.
The storm dumped several inches of snow in parts of Kentucky, where some drivers were stranded in the central part of the state along a 35-mile stretch of Interstate 75 for as long as 19 hours, from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.
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