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. chsguy

    Having been thru some very serious storms – when the order to evacuate is issued – then you should evacuate. You should not hang on to the roofs of your mobile home and expect some first responder to risk their lives to save yours when you were too stupid not to evacuate.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. amac

    Is Snooki safe?

    October 30, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      Who cares exactly?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tired

    Great, even Sandy gets politicized. For once can we "all just get along" and get through Sandy without every other commentator adding a political spin? Is the election over yet?

    October 30, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. aaronjbach

    Haha! Some of these folks think Chris Christie is stumping for Obama by asking for help after a devastating storm. The only thing more pathetic is the folks attempting to make political and civic points other than some fellow humans are without home. Please shut your mouths, no one needs your type.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. hastalavista

    My feelings exactly. Porky pork boy Christie should just shove another Philly cheesesteak sandwich in his piehole and shut up.

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

      That is an idiotic comment, people were really put a lot of people in harm's way. What a fool.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • namethename

      I am all for it after Michael Moore goes on a 1-hour diet.(one hour without food that is)

      October 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isla

      Another rabid dog liberal. Can't be civilized can you?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ray

    Christie is unthinkable

    October 30, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pris

    Katrina, Rita, Ike and now Sandy...the reality is that this IS the reality – more extreme weather...hotter, drier, wetter, colder and more violent. Want to know where the jobs will be? First Responders, Medical Emergency Personnel, Disaster Recovery. Until one party quits denying climate change and the other party starts leading on the issue, we are just going to have to accept this kind of disaster as normal. I live in a coastal city and I am aware...I'm also aware that I'll at least get a 'heads up' when a hurricane is headed my way. I feel very bad for folks in Tornado Alley.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • BigHwasdemo

      I cut your trees down, turn them into paper and print things on them.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. lostinalife

    Let's cut him a break, alright? Put your political nonsense aside; people have died, millions are in the dark, and many have lost their homes completely. If you want to help, donate blood, donate money to the Red Cross, and when the airports reopen, send carepackages to loved ones if you can. Those affected by Sandy, your country has your back; we're all here for you. Stay safe. - From Seattle, Washington.

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

      Great post!

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

      But Mitt Romney personally used his Mormon weather machine to kill black people. People need to know! LOL

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

      You are so right about that! This isn't a time for stupid politics...save that for next Tuesday. Let's focus on those that lost their lives and those that need help rebuilding!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Note to NJ Gov – President OBAMA the the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT will step up and help the good people of your state and others that have been devestated by an act of nature, because it's the right thing to do. Remember that when you and your fellow Republicans BASH the administration for budget deficits and spending more Tax Payer dollars without "corresponding cuts to spending".....kinda hard to hold the party line when you are the one drowning, isn't it?

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

      Why send money to DC just to have them send part of it back with hundreds of rules and regs...Why?? I'm waiting?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      If Romey is elected one of the government agencies he would like to down size is FEMA. He feels that States should handle disaster themselves! There is no way any of these States would be able to quickly recover from this disaster without help from the federal government!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. BostonArt

    Feel bad for Jersey residents, Christie is devestated, no Big Macks to be found.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. 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 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      you are dealing with a multi state disaster, isnt a central coordination point a more logical approach rather than have each individual group do its own thing?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Derrek

      John, the states already decide where the money goes... The federal government just pays it. What Romney wants is for the states to come up with the money, because you know, if you live in a state that gets a lot of disasters, it shouldn't be everyone's problem. He then said if it can be done privately, it would be better!! So you can pay for your own disaster relief when you can least afford to do so. Ridiculous.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Diamond

    – It's funny how the storms of life will make u your brothers keeper...Chris Christie the republican bully now has to say something good for a change about President Obama. Wow now that's what I call bible belt.
    " I'll make your enemy's at peace with said the Lord".
    "Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm said the Lord"
    -Obama is a true christian...they we know you are a christian by your deeds, said the Lord.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashe

      Not that Obama being a "true christian" has anything to do with the storm or anything else, but you really can't be a "true christian" and believe in on-demand abortions. The two things clearly don't line up.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. really

    Gotta love all the posters saying "look at what global warming has caused". Hurricanes hit the Northeast sometimes, and taking all the media hype away, this one was pretty bad. Not half as much rain and flooding as last year's, which paled in comparison to Agnes back in the 1970s.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ Reality

      Hurricane Agnes didn't hit in October. It hit in spring. Sandy is hitting in the fall. Welcome to global warming Sir.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Celdon Shooper

      Water temps are considerably lower in the spring time, than they are right now. Although, admittedly the water temps are warmer than normal, Hurricanes happen quite frequently during this time, opposed to spring. Can't chalk very much of this to global warming.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Billy Bob

    Some of these Republican jokers don't even see the hyprocrisy in their statements. Robme wants to privatize disaster response, so that his corporate buddies make a profit from people's misery. Let's see- what side of town should Bain disaster response corp rescue first? We get what we deserve from the mindset of these people.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • san01

      Spot on

      October 30, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      I totally agree. Why allow private corporations to do it for 1/4 the cost when we can get the government to provide the service at 4 times the cost. Of course, we'll have to raise your taxes to do so, but that's ok as long as we don't give those "private industry Wh0re mongers" any money. Stop following everything the political ads say and actually educate yourself.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Billy Bob

    Hey Christie – pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
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