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. FactsRBad

    When billions of tax dollars start flowing into the devestated areas (which they should), let's see if those who have been screeming the loudest about redistribution of wealth keep thier mouth shut. I bet you don't hear a peep out of them!

    October 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KBNJ

    Judging by the comments here, watching a leader LEAD must be pretty painful to partisan democrats.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth C

      youre a liar

      October 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MaryM

    How do you feel about the Federal government, FEMA, now Christi

    October 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iPeg

    Beth, I heard Gov Christie throw that mayor under the bus. Pretty poor.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PeterD

    Breaking News – This Just In – Associated Press has learned from a Reliable White House Source that President Obama have reserved $ 100 MM to Rebuild Arab Spring Nations and $ 0 for Hurrican Sandy Victims in USA.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      I slapped my computer cause I couldn't slap you..

      October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. serious?

    stop whining and pull yourselves out of water by your own bootstraps, folks.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MaryM

    More lies from the repubs

    October 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Evelyn Connaway

    myspaceyourface: Where do people get the idea that the democrats want people to give up their guns?? Our government wants all military type weapons off the streets of the US, which is the right thing to do. You will get all the help you need from FEMA without having to give up anything. Only the NRA and the republicans want to keep manufacturing and selling them to whoever wants them – it means more money for them. I'm a democrat and they don't call me Shotgun Granny for nothing – I have always owned guns and will keep them for self protection to use against whoever threatens me or my property – be it a citizen or state government!

    October 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggerdawg

      Who says its the right thing to do? Less than 1% of ALL violent crimes are committed with Assault rifles and slightly more than 1% of all firearms confiscated by law enforcement are Assault rifles. These statistics are from the FBI. Assault rifles are not the problem. At all. Its feel good legislation that not only does not change a thing, its going to set precedence which we will then see, eventually, our rights gone along with our firearms.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Marks

      "Military type weapons" are NOT on the streets in the first place. Not. These fully automatic "military type" weapons simply are not out there. Get your facts straight, granny.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • colloctor

      Excellent!! GOP thinks the way to solve the murder rate in this country is to arm every redneck with an assult rifle!!!! I am telling you they were standing behind the garage the day God gave out brains!!

      October 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. So you judge

    by a persons looks first, and then move on to less important things? I've heard enough.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vinny

    Let's hope this fat âss lard ball earns his lesson and understands the importance of FEMA now that HIS state is in need. Maybe he'll take back his words when he and other republicans bad mouthed victims of Katrina saying they were "getting handouts". He does after all, support the GOP premise that FEMA should be dismantled. I'm just sad he survived the storm.

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

      right on!

      October 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • freelance7

      unthinkable devastation, "beyond anything I thought I'd ever see" – He ought to get out of New Jersey. Other places have seen worse many times.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isla

      Typical liberal. Cannot leave a comment without attacking someone on their personal appearance, or weakness.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • January24

      You're sad that Gov. Christie survived the storm?

      Wow. Just another liberal with a dark pit where your soul should be.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith in SoJax

      Reply to Isla: As a non-affiliated voter with fiscally conservative, and socially Libertarian values, I can assure you name calling is hardly limited to "liberals". Get it, while chastizing someone for name calling...you called them name. Not the most impressive use of the English language. How do you self-identify? Conservative?, Republican?, or somthing else?

      October 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jesse

    That's always been the a Republican stance of wanting less government, but stop short when it comes to asking for federal times crisis. Hypocritical? In a way yes, but a Romney would do the same thing Obama's doing now if he were in office.

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

    Is there a point to this "article"? It is a few very short paragraphs which were pretty much spelled out in the headline. What pathetic "journalism".

    October 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Marks

    Let's get this straight: this storm was NOTHING compared to Hurricane Camille or Hurricane Katrina. Talk about whining over a little storm . . . can this be HYPED any more by the press?

    October 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberatus

      And I'm sure you were on hand to survey all of the damage in every one of these storm.s
      How can you make such a ridiculous statement, with no facts to support it?

      October 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • abc123

      Richard has a point. Katrina was a cat. 3 hurricane with 125mph wind, more rainfall, and bigger storm surge particularly in the Mississippi river delta. Sandy was a cat. 1 hurricane with 80 mph wind (less than Irene). Sandy was much wider though about twice as wide as Katrina. Also the loss of life in Katrina is staggering in comparison to Sandy when you compare the population density of the two areas.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Buster

    You are a SCHMUCK. A minimum of human respect? The respect you show has more to do with who you are than who the person you're respecting is or what they look like. I bet you're only after his "target weight" because you're thin, and that's probably the only thing you're doing right in your life based on your comment, schmuck.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jd

    pbernasc
    you are rude beyond the pale. usually those who are so judgmental have their own set of issues...so what are yours?
    the governor was polite and respectful which you are not challenged with being called.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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