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. Liberatus

    I am a diehard Democrat, and there are a lot of things Christie does, and things he says that really irritate me.
    But I will say this: I love the way he is straightforward with the idiots who want to hang around and watch a storm by telling them to "get the he–" off the beach." And he has shown great leadership during this crisis.

    Kudos to him. There is a long way to go...but being visible, and providing clear information and reasonable expectations is a huge part of leadership.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • silverbullet

      Yes, agreed. Thank you for this comment. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter what your political orientation is. It's hard to believe that people actually politicize national tragedies. Like him or not, Christie has done a great job so far with his response, and has avoided any political talk in regards to it.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. C. Observer

    Now Gov Christie wants the President and Washington to step in and help NJ. What happened to the anti-big government stance of Republicans and that people should help themselves? I believe in govt helping but this seems contradictory to the Republican position on government.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberatus

      So far, Christie has not politicized this storm. He has been professional and provided leadership.
      And...I am a Democrat.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mrjackson777

    Romney's Opinion on FEMA:

    John King: “FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we're learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role,” Mr. King said. “How do you deal with something like that?”

    Romney: “Absolutely. 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. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better.

    Don't believe lame stream media? Pull the transcript yourself. Of course Mitt the Flip, is floping away from that answer and saying he never said what he said before he was taken out context for what he said.

    Don't heard Christie hollering for less goverment now do ya? He'll put up to the table like evrbody

    October 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isla

      Speak English. Nothing you said made any sense.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrBo


      I understood just fine!

      October 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Parker Bros. should take Boardwalk off the playing table and replace it with Trump Towers. 😉

    October 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Liberatus

    Real nice. You're a class act.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Benny

    @pbernasc – you are a worthless human/troll.... Start having respect for yourself first.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    LOL you make your political stand point by someones weight...stay classy

    October 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. silverbullet

    How pathetic that people are turning a disaster into political banter in the comments section, time to grow up folks.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I could not agree with you more, silverbullet.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Chris Cristie might luck out, IF, Obama gets his second term, and ALLOWS the deliberate expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts (something everyone benifits from), and STICKS IT TO YOU.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Diana

    There are any number of reasons someone might have a problem with their weight. I'm sure he has the financial resources and affluent opportunities to do everything possible. It's extremely unpleasant to be fatter than others. People say awful things and avoid you physically. It' lonely and harsh and not fun.
    Don't judge on this. It could be medication related or hormone related, any number of things beyond his control.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. woodie

    Who gives a rat's butt if Christie is fat. Geez. We have a crisis here. NJ is under water.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • hastalavista

      That's the best thing to happen to New Jersey in years!

      October 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    N.J. is under water. Yeah. We'll just start sending dump trucks, and disassemble the Appalachians.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sean

    No more Jersey Shore?

    I vote yes.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. T-Bone

    Hows that coastal living working out for you folks now?
    btw, the middle of the country is nice and calm right now. Keep your disaster areas waiting to happen.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith in SoJax

      T-Bone, as long as people had insurance, whats the problem. If you need an example of how "nice and calm" the center of the country can be, just call someone in Joplin, MO. Every place has its risks.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Keith in SoJax

    First, let me say that my heart goes out to all of the people who face tragic and devestating losses from this storm, especially those who have dead or injured family and friends.

    Now, for those that simply lost property due to storm surge, though I empathize with your loss, I hope you had the appropriate insurance. I have both a rental property and my primary residence covered under NFIP (my premium goes to an insurance company, not the Govt). Our nation is in a financial mess because we always look for the Government to bail us out when we don't want to pay to insure ourselves. This effectively transfers your risk to the public domain, just like when you don't have health insurance and the Feds pick up the tab by overpaying Medicare claims (or now, under Obamacare, through Medicaid, a welfare program). We can all pull together to support our fellow Americans in these tough times, but please buy the insurance. If you haven't paid flood insurance premiums and the Govt bails you out, its nothing short of welfare.

    October 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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