October 30th, 2012
10:34 AM ET

Christie: Jersey Shore devastation 'unthinkable'

Superstorm Sandy left wreckage in its wake "beyond anything I thought I'd ever see," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a news conference today.

"The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," he said.

The state is "nowhere near" allowing many residents to return to that area, Christie said.

He plans to fly out today to visit one of the worst-hit areas, but there is nowhere for him to land at the barrier islands because of all the damage.

Also, every rail line in the state has faced major damage, he said.

Christie said he's confident that President Barack Obama and the federal government will work with New Jersey and that the state will rebuild.

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  1. Vinnie

    See, finally we can blame MTV for this one.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Imjesayin

    Ok. There is a God. Finally he is answering our prayers and getting rid of the Jersey Shore. Kardashians- you are next!

    October 30, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      The Jersey Shore was never the problem. Its denizens were. If there was a God, a clever one, tanning spray would be toxic in excessive amounts.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Foghorner

    Does this mean no more Snooky?

    October 30, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. chris knowles

    Glad Gov. Christie suddenly likes Obama and does not mind the Fed Government spending more money.....as long as it helps him and NJ!

    October 30, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. dan

    I blame Snooki

    October 30, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    If they stuck a motor on him they could use him to raft around the flooded areas and rescue people. I bet you could fit about 100 people on his body per trip. Would need a pretty big motor though. And maybe a tug boat.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. MrApplesauce

    I fully expect Gov Christie to refuse any Federal Aid for these people who can't take 'personal responsibility' for themselves.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Klancy Schmertz

    What?
    He's confident that the President he opposes and bashes and the federal administration will 'work with New Jersey and rebuild'?
    The Republican philosophy is that we're not all in this together, you're on your own. Could this be an opportunity to get a taste of what they promote?
    Repairs and rebuilding will take weeks or months. Let's see how the state goes on Tuesday, as to how much the administration will 'work with' New Jersey.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • WWRRD

      Only an idiot partisan would bring politics into this. This area was completely trashed. I bet 98% of Republicans that are for smaller government would recognize that disaster relief really is one of the legitimate roles of government. We should help our neighbors. Especially those that did everything possible to protect themselves and their property and still got smashed.

      I do like the wise cracks about Snookie though. I guess this isn't "The Situation" she was dreaming about!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Makomeone

    He should stick to his political principles and do as Romney and the rest have stated all along that at a time like this the state should take care of their own and that there is no place for the bad federal government to play heavy handed helper. He'll take the help from FEMA and thank Obama today and call him a communist tomorrow. How cynical..

    October 30, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kathy Mills

    OH, Gov. Christie how it must pain you to see the great job Pres. Obama is doing in providing services to help the great people of New Jersey and NY. Atleast you are man enough to admit it. Romney continues to campaign and your state is in ruins. Who has your back now? Interesting that when you want and need federal assistance how you sing a different tune. Remember Romney has stated that states should handle their own problems. Yes, it takes states and federal government help to get through these disasters. Obama 2012 for all of us.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • WWRRD

      Actually, Governor Christie publicly praised the President for his help. Keep the political sniping out of this. People are hurting.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Bea

      Yes people are hurting and need help and no one is suggesting it should be withheld. BUT...This is exactly the point in time that these political statements need to be made so that those that so vehemently promote excessive reduction in federal programs understand the real impact of what they are proposing. And that the position of everyone being responsible for one's self (except when I need help) is really extremely selfish and does not promote the good of the whole. Yes the federal deficit needs to be addressed and the budget needs to be balanced, but we as a nation must use wisdom and a view of approaching things for the benefit of all and not just the benefit of the few.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Errr...

    let the handouts begin.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. James T. Laing

    If the damage puts an end to that horrible Jersey Shore show, then it's all worth it.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Tell that to all the people who lost their homes and businesses or are dealing with damages....I don't care for the show either but there are more than 8 people that live in the state in case you didn't know. Show a little consideration.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Allen W.

    Christie is truly disgusting. He disses the federal government at every opportunity and brags about how he can do it better. He intentionally cut lines of communication and support from the feds and now he is begging and the people of NJ are suffering.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. John Stockton

    Lemme' guess, the Atlantic City mayor is Democrat. What a perfect opportunity for this dullard pig, Crispy, to launch a political attack.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • darchd

      Christie ordered a FULL evacuation, the Mayor of AC said something different to its citizens and put them and many rescue workers in harms way because of it.

      I am not a Christie fan in the slightest, but he is 100% right here. The Mayor of AC screwed up.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. levi

    Does this mean Christie is voting for Obama?

    October 30, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
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