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. Steve

    Hey Porky, don't even think about asking our President for ANY type of Federal money to restore the damage done in your state by the storm.. You can't have it both ways buster. Let those that don't have flood insurance help themselves. THAT'S the American way.
    Run along now, run along.

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

      Wow you people are very angry at Christy-why because he's successful and the president is a FAILURE. Ummmm

      October 30, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Randall "texrat" Arnold

      No, peachy, that's not the reason. But thanks for playing!

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

      Typical Dem. You just can't resist the "Porky" can you? Talk about a swine.......

      October 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • darchd

      Peachy, successful at what? That literally makes zero sense and there is no way you know anyone from NJ if you make a claim like that.

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

      That money belongs to the people of NJ as much as it belongs to any other citizen of the US. And disaser relief is one of the Federal Government's most basic duties. Christie has never said that government should neglect its duties. Only that it stop wasting money on things it should be spending money on. This isn't one of those things. ID10T!

      October 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Funny, he complains about the stimulus and giving away of federal dollars, and now this guy is waiting for a handout to help rebuild. I thought you said they were on their own yesterday Chris and that all the blame was on "them" for not leaving.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • masherwould

      One word Brainiac. FEMA. Do you understand the difference between DISASTER AID and WASTEFUL SPENDING? Every state gets Fema in a disaster.

      In fact, OBAMA's Sequestration budget has plans to CUT FEMA. So get your facts straight.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You didn't watch his press conference yesterday did you? He berated the Mayor of Atlantic City for allowing their residents to stay and that anything happened was on him. Thanks for playing though, I appreciate your insightful comments unrelated to anything at all.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • TDM

      Oh, how quickly we forget that Romney wants to privatize FEMA in his attempt for smaller government...make it the state's resposibility...nope. This is The Unites States Of America, and there are some things that states cannot do on their own....witness Christie and New Jersey.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amanda

    As a NJ resident, I am not a big fan of Chrisite, but he is handling this well. I'm disgusted by the comments of people who were clearly NOT in the zone of destruction and making fun of it. The jersey shore is not just what you see on tv... It is a beautiful place and destruction has been brought upon many people and their homes. Shame on you!

    October 30, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • GZ

      Thank you Amanda. Im a resident of a small town on the NJ shore. My neighborhood has been devastated!!! Over 40 homes totallef. The worst storm in my memory. How dare any of you turn this catastrophe into anything political!!! Christie and Obama are both to be praised for their action during this crisis. Christies early evacuation order saved thousands of lives. Whatever Christie has said in the past is irrelevant and mentioning Romney who has nothing to do with this whatsoever? Romney??? Healthcare??? Really? Really? No state has the financial resources to handle a disaster of this magnitude. Anyone using this tradjedy to criticize any politician needs to come down here and take a look down here. Otherwise just shut up!!!!

      October 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TC in Florida

    WHY IS ROMNEY HOLDING A CAMPAIGN EVENT when the Governors of the affected states have not had a chance to tour the destruction and offer a complete assessment of the damages. THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS!!

    October 30, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • masherwould

      Right. It's not fair. Romney should stop his campaign just before the election so Obama can catch up.

      Rather, Romney has been delivering disaster aid with his campaign bus.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bel7877

    Politics aside. God Bless all that were affected. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. BlackMagic84

    Any chance the cast of Jersey Shore washed out to sea? We can hope.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. LuisWu

    I noticed CNN made no mention of what Christie said about Obama. He told another news service that he was very pleased at the way Obama handled the situation. Obama called him 3 times in a 24 hour period to find out what he needed. Christie said he needed Obama to expedite designating NJ as a disaster area. Obama signed the declaration last night and Christie is already getting federal assistance for his state. Meanwhile Romney wants to pose in a flooded area with Christie for a photo op. Figures.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Truthbetold

    It not unthinkable to those who have experienced a disaster in the past.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. toofarawayfromboston

    What was Governor Chris Christie's stance on FEMA prior to this storm? Was he standing with Governor Romney in believing that FEMA should be disbanded? His praise of President Obama is now almost effusive. When states get hit hard by Mother Nature, they sure do want the Feds to help them out... How can any supporter of Gov. Romney truly think that their particular state can afford to rebuild without the help of other states when such a massive natural event hits? One can try to plan, but no one (state) can truly be prepared for such devastation.

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

      Simplifying the right's position much? And way to politicize a tragedy. I think Christie's response would be that if states are forced to put funds into FEMA against his wishes, then he should get to use them.

      Kinda like how Dem-leaning people want to disband much of the military but, when attacked, want its protection too.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Maybe Christie should land somewhere his size alone would displace all the water and everyone could go home.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John Deatherage

      What's wrong with transferring Federal power to the States to deal with local emergencies? The Federal Government will provide the money. Those in power at the local level closest to the problem will determine how to respond to the disaster. Does far away Washington understand local problems better than local elected officials?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • paulm5545

      Ah, yes...never let a good disaster go to waste. Let's make a political statement out of it. Incredible.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • DocCutty

      Got anything but insults, Beavis? The points made are legitimate. It's like Palin's "Drill, baby, drill!" blather, the environment be darned...until BP and the Gulf. Haven't heard much of her on that lately, have ya? Yeah, I know: Tying political positions to consequences; not fair!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ Bruinswagg

      Amen, brother. Those who believe government should be shrunk should start with themselves and get job in the private sector

      October 30, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Never has the Democrats wanted to "disband" the militart, we already have more resources than the next Top 10 nations, they just want to limit it to what the Military needs and asks for... any ways we could always put some "floaties" on Christie and we would have another aircrapt carrier

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

      And Brad, never has the republican party argued that there should be NO federal disaster relief - just that it could be done more efficiently.

      See how not attributing extreme positions to everyone, particularly during a time of tragedy, makes for better discussion?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • N

      Actually Brad, the Dems historically HAVE wanted to disband "much" of the military - only after 9/11, and particularly this election, have the "we only want what the military wants" argument become their central theme. That certainly wasnt the case in the 1970's, 1980's, or 1990's.

      I'm actually a democrat - but I can't stand people who supposedly agree with me to politicize tragedies. I think Christie is doing an excellent job laying it everything out there for everyone, and I'm pleased that he's complimenting the federal government as well.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Love this guy...tells it how it is.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ed - NH

    Hey Christie...what about the state's "personal responsibilty" to take care of itself?! All of the sudden looking for President Obama & federal government for help. Just goes to show you what hypocrites the R's of today are. That being said, I hope the feds help NJ and MY make a speedy recovery! Good luck!

    October 30, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      So Republicans that try to get the money taken from their state to help them are hypocrites? Are Democrats that don't pay extra taxes above what their accountants tell them also hypocrites?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • namethename

      How about Mid-City residents not paying anything ever but taking taking taking?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cambridge Ray

    The computer ate my previous post.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mick

    Holy crap, guys, at least wait for the wind to die down before starting the political mudslinging. People lost their homes. People died.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • paulm5545


      October 30, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DocCutty

      Hmmm...don't touch this politically because people died. The GOP health care "plan" will kill a lot of people. Don't pretend otherwise. Policies and political blah-blah have consequences. Chickens come home to roost.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sandy

    Wow. I see why some problems in NYC. You elected "that" dude as Governor! Hmm...

    October 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Sandy, Governor Christie is the governor of New Jersey not New York. Get your facts straight!

      October 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Foghorner

    No more Snooky?

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

      She has large PFD's

      October 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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