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. WakeUpPlze

    I wonder if all the people in Louisiana and the southern States, as well as the actors from Hollywood will put on a telethon for the East Coast? Hmmm...I bet they wont. Not enough "poor" people along the Eastern Seaboard.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bubba

    Hold on there! Surely Mr. Republicans-Have-No-Use-For-Government is not asking for FEDERAL HELP. Some flying debris must have hit Mr. Christie on the head. He is not thinking clearly if he is asking BIG GOVERNMENT for help. Not to worry, Small Businesses can handle this (in around 70 years).

    October 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. david

    if youre dumb enough not to leave, you deserve to get what you get...i wouldnt rescue anyone...you had enough notice...fend for yourself

    October 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Crapola

    This Fat Slob is a disgrace t the human race. I bet he was hoping for the poor and democrats would be killed. He's most likely had a 20 year supply of Twinkies stashed away for himself.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      hopefully you are correct...it would shorten the handouts we give to lazy people...

      October 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ray

    WAY TO GO Gov. You're the best guy on our side!!

    October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dou44

    The level of IQ devestation and cases of herpes from the show Jersey Shore was also unthinkable.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david

    This is obama fault!!!! just like bush did with katrina, he hit the hurricane button

    October 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jonathan

    Mr. Christie,

    So let me get this straight lard-butt. You're one of those who think that less government is better, but you're happy to take federal money to rebuild.

    Christie is just chomping at the bit to call out Obama if the feds are even one second late responding.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean

      LOL! I know, right? He's all for smaller government until it means more for him.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jade

    I thought Christie is one of those politicians who don't believe in a large Federal Govt. I wonder what he's thinking when he says, "he's confident that President Barack Obama and the federal government will work with New Jersey and that the state will rebuild."
    I guess they only want government involvement when there's a disaster that they themselves can't handle.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      You're the type that would want government involvement all the time. We have disaster relief programs for a reason.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      God, you are stupid. Of course states welcome federal aid at the disaster level, this is one of the responsibilities of the Federal Government, nothing to do with politics.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Why Why

      Actually no John, Mitt Romney wants to close FEMA.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ginamero

      The quote clearly states...'work WITH New Jersey' – not the Democrat idea of 'while we lay in hammocks the Feds, at tax payer expense, will do everything.' Besides, doesn't Obama's latest proposal cut $900million from FEMA?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ginamero

      Why Why Why – you are misquoting Romney – he wants the power to allocate those funds at the state level...you are such a liar. What about your old boy, your God, your never do wrong Obama who proposed a cut of $900 million from FEMA? Look at both sides and quit showing such partisan ignorance.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duke

      If you're going to leave a comment, at least try to sound half-way intelligent and use correct grammar....."I thought Christie was one of those politicians who DOESN'T (not don't) believe in big government....." Geez....

      October 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    After all the mean things people said about New Orleans like: just let the trash all drown and why do we really need to re-build NO?- It's coming back to them now. I bet they will take all the Fed money they can get. Now it's time for all the nice rich white people to suffer for their wrong doings- and yes I'm white so shut up.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      We said to let the babboons in N.O. drown because they SHOT AT US when we went to provide food and supplies to them.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • STLBroker

      So you are just like the people you are crticizing. Congrats!

      October 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kesava charugundla

    Hey Guys,
    This is not the time to bicker who said what who didn't. This is a time of crisis and we are all into it and support whatever is needed for rebuilding the damage and get the economy back on its feet. Every one knows that many of these republicans are a bunch of hypocrites who advocate small government, austerity, less regulation etc. as long as it does not effect them. Hopefully some time they will realize what is good for the whole country, not just for the privileged few and pig headed many. By the way I am an progressive independent who is open minded but more science and reality oriented.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • cutedog2

      Advising people that it is a time to pull together and justifying your point with your open mindedness seems quite ridiculous when paired with your rant about a poiltical party that does not believe the same as you. Leave the rhetoric out, and your ideas are valid.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Interested48

    Get used to this type of disaster Christie. With climate change, you're going to see this happening more and more.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yes1fan

    This is a case where aerial drones would make a LOT more sense than "flying the Govn'r 'round".

    October 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CommonSensed

    And this is why we need federal infrastructure. Could you imagine trying to coordinate this state by state? We're a grown up country now and this means a certain amount of infrastructure which costs money. We need to spend money smartly not cut money blindly.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DanInRoanoke

    Are youo implying that the Republicans want to outsource NJ to China?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • iPeg

      Funny, if it didn't have the ring of truth!

      October 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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