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Shashank Tripathi, under the guise of his Twitter handle @ComfortablySmug, sent out several pieces of misinformation during the worst of the storm Monday.
He is being blamed for spreading the now-widely debunked rumor that the New York Stock Exchange trading floor had been flooded with 3 feet of standing water. The rumor was eventually picked up by CNN and New York Magazine until NYSE officials shot it down.
In a message on his Twitter account late Tuesday, Tripathi apologized and offered his resignation on Wright's House campaign for the 12 th congressional district.
Tripathi was first outed by BuzzFeed.
"I wish to offer the people of New York a sincere, humble and unconditional apology," Tripathi wrote. "During a natural disaster that threatened the entire city, I made a series of irresponsible and inaccurate tweets."
Other rumors included a false report that power would be shut down in all of Manhattan and that the New York subway would be closed for the entire week.
"I have to say, the administration, the president, himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far," Christie said on Good Morning America . "We have a great partnership with them."
Christie told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that Obama called him on Monday night around midnight to ask if there was anything else the federal government could do to help. Christie added that they worked together to move forward with a Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey.
The Major Disaster Declaration provides funding for recovery efforts, including infrastructure projects, temporary housing, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property loss and assistance to individuals and businesses.
"He worked on that last night with me…offered any other assets that we needed to help," Christie said. "I want to thank the president personally for his personal attention to this."
Appearing on Fox News, Christie said the storm is bigger than the election.
"I have a job in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics," Gov. Chris Christie said on the show Fox & Friends . "I couldn't care less about that."
Romney's favorability ratings jumped 12 percentage points between April and October, bringing her near the popularity of first lady Michelle Obama.
The new poll comes on the heels of her highly regarded speech at the Republican National Convention and a slew of high profile appearances since her husband Mitt Romney cinched the Republican presidential nomination in April.
Tune in to ABCNews.com on Thursday for livestreaming coverage of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate moderated by ABC's Martha Raddatz in Danville, Ky. Coverage kicks off with ABC News' live preview show at noon, and full debate coverage begins at 8 p.m
Though Romney accompanied her husband on the campaign trail during his 2008 run for the Republican presidential nomination, she was relatively unknown to voters back in April 2012. Then, 30 percent said they had not made up their minds about her.
In nearly six months, that number has nearly dropped in half.
The proud mom and former vice presidential candidate took to her Facebook account today and slammed whoever anonymously sent "mysterious white powder" to the "DWTS" all-star season set in California.
The package reportedly contained a note threatening the "Dancing With the Stars" producers if Palin is not removed from the show.
"These threats sure waste a lot of time, production and public resources; but do the haters really think this will stop Bristol and Mark and the show's producers from keepin' on keepin' on?" Palin wrote.
The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department have confirmed that they are investigating a suspicious package that was sent to the Hollywood set last week along with the threatening message targetingthe 21-year old contestant, according to TMZ.
The bitter spat between actor James Franco and his former New York University instructor Jose Angel Santana got a little nastier Tuesday when the ousted professor sued Franco for defamation, calling him "a bully," according to the New York Post. Santana contends that Franco made "disparaging and inaccurate public statements" about him after he gave the Oscar-nominated actor a "D" for only attending 2 of 14 classes during the spring 2010 semester, according to court documents.
"Whoever was in Clint Eastwood's chair at the Republican National Convention was more present than Mr. Franco was in my classes," Santana told The Post, referring to Eastwood's speech last week at the RNC with an empty chair meant to represent President Obama. "He uses the bully pulpit of his celebrity to punish anyone who doesn't do his bidding."
He taught "Directing the Actor II."
Actor-director Clint Eastwood might have some celebrity company this week with his allegiance to Mitt Romney. Rapper Nicki Minaj appears to endorse Romney's presidential bid in a new rap song out this week.
Minaj recorded the verse in a guest appearance on the track "Mercy" on fellow rapper Lil Wayne's mix tape "Dedication 4," which was released online Monday.
"I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy [expletive] is [expletive] up the economy," Minaj says.
Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago, the multi-racial, hip-hop star was raised in New York City and attended LaGuardia High School for music and the arts.
Her representatives did not respond to numerous ABC News requests for comment about what the lyrics mean or whether Minaj is registered to vote in the United States.
Minaj, 29, took to Twitter earlier this year, venting to the official @BarackObama campaign account about the lack of universal health care after "Moesha" actress Yvette Wilson died of cervical cancer.