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. Brian

    Why are you all bickering over politics at a moment like this. You should be thinking about what you can be doing to help New Jersey and the rest of the east coast rebuild.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mamamia

    you's should get you another pizza pie pigy guy and pipe down. No body wants you to's rescue them you fat a meat ball. Maybe you should worry bout resuing your wife from the third stahl at the flying j's truck stop. It is an all you can eat trampps eat free there tonight. My goodness you's a portly inflated meat monkey.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kippereast

    People died, others lost their homes, more are suffering. But all you are capable of is snide remarks. Best wishes to all those struggling from your friends in Canada.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • hastalavista

      Better pipe down cheesehead or we will turn on you too!

      October 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ken

    While the damage to the East coast is bad, try living in the Caribbean where we don't have all these emergency services available. With 33 deaths in the US and a population of 300 million that is a rate of 1 for every 9 million compared with Cuba that had 40 deaths for 11 million giving them a rate of 1 in 275,000 rate of people killed by this hurricane. And yet very little was mentioned of the damage to Cuba, Jamaica or the Bahamas.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Some Chick

    Gov. Christie-

    Join Mr. Colin Powell in his switch to the dark side. You are welcome, and your future would be
    much brighter than with the GOP. You will find out being a Dem is what you have been missing
    all along. Come on over, you wont be sorry.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rcflyer8410

    What? Take money from the Federal Government? Socialism!

    Gotta love guys like Christie. Can't figure out where he stands on anything. Doesn't he realize helping to rebuild NJ will increase our deficit spending? Doesn't he know we can only add to the deficit when it involves Corporate welfare – you know, tax cuts and money infusions by the Fed to keep wealthy investors happy. What's more important – a family devastated by a storm, or a billionaire having to pay an extra 3% in taxes?!??!

    October 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ted

    Mitt the Twit is pretty quiet, after all the lies he has spread about Jeep moving ALL US production of Jeeps to China. What a buffoon. But what would Mitt do right now? He would be dreaming up taxes on the middle class and cessation of SSI and medicare and medicaid to rebuild the beachfront homes of the rich and of course his own homes.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mamamia

    DIE WITH ME Mayor Palpattine ... we will build death star three...LOL BEST STORM EVER!!

    October 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KBNJ

    I don't always agree with what Christie does, but I ALWAYS know I can count on him to tell it like it is, LEAD, and call a BSer a BSer. Love him! Oh, and to all the pea-brains criticizing him for asking for Fed Govt help: We in NJ pay our taxes, often MORE than most, so what's he supposed to do – screw us out of what we've been forced to pay for? IQ=0 at best.

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

      You in New Jersey who pay your taxes ought to put your money where your mouth is and get rid of people like Christie that are giving you a bad name.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      Maybe because Romney said he wanted to eliminate FEMA and let the states handle disasters. As you can see....isn't going to happen now.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      Spokes – he gives us a GOOD name, you just choose not to see it that way.
      BD70 – State FEMA is fine with me, but until then, we'll use what we've already PAID for. Duh.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Spokes

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

    Now he wants that "Commie, Socialist" Obama and the big bad Federal Government to bail him out. I think we ought to tell him to got to hell.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Dregor

      This is possibly the most ignorant thing I've read all week.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Do it! Tell Obama and Christie to go to hell for wanting to use the government to assist NJ after a Category 1 Hurricane wrecked 75% of the state. Then when the state goes under because you realized there are no state funds to repair the damages, flick off the government again and tell them you don't need their money. Good for you!

      October 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn Connaway

      Spokes – No matter how many bad things republicans say about MY President Barack Obama, he will always do the best for the people in the states when they need help, just as he has always tried to do even before a disaster. He did when we had our last bad weather on the East coast. He saw that FEMA got back in order when he came into office which was the right thing to do.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      the Bozo is only going to remain President for 60 odd days.....voted out Nvember 6th and then Romney is sworn in, in January. Chrstie supported Romney's nomination and spoke for him at the Republican convention. I see this as more of a chalenge to a sitting President that has refued to lead this country for 4 years....to actually step up and do the right thing for New Jersey.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      You're a sick evil gutter trash troll you know that? Your ability to play politics in the wake of a natural disaster shows your ignorance to what really whats going on in our government. Disaster response has always been a Federal/State effort. That's where our tax dollars ought to go towards! It doesn't matter who's in office, it's the matter of getting the job done and to imply that Christie shouldn't asked for help from Obama, you're fueling the very fires that's dividing this country in the first place.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alma goetttemoeller

    I agree.... all that Gov. Christie bantered during the campaign about biggger government. Now he is begging. Always better to walk the walk than talk the talk

    October 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    NOT OPTIMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vosey

    What Romney said about FEMA was this: "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction." If the FEMA money was in the hands of state officials it would be better used.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      If Romney made that statement, then I call his bluff. Any President will still get blamed for anything that goes wrong even if disaster recovery was just a state matter.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kay

    Ahhh-ha, the Republican/American way- complain, rant, and proclaim responsibility and independence from government programs. Then do about face, praise government, and take the money and run like a thief when you can get it in time of need. After you have benefited from the gain, go back to bashing the system again. Guys like Christie are priceless, and need the government programs and assistance as much as anyone. Maybe if they recited "there by the grace of God go I" once in awhile they would have more empathy. This will be a humbling experience for alot of conservatives in these storm stricken areas.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vosey

    What Romney said about FEMA was this: "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction." FEMA is removed from the local situation. Let the money go to the states and allow the governors to use it.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Realist 2

      We've seen how some programs managed at the state level (state election laws ) in the hands of party hardliners do not benefit all of the states citizens equally. I'm for leaving FEMA in the hands of the government where politics are less likely to be a factor in whether anyone receives help or not.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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