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. Phillip

    Liberal hippies use natural disaster to attack Christie; news at 11.

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

    Christie for president. I'm from Ohio and he's a no nonsense kind of guy! We need him to run this country!

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

      Yes ! Her could run on the "ten chickens in every pot" platform.

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

      I agree that he seems like a no-nonsense guy, but he won't be able to run for president until he gets his health under control. The unfortunate, and not so unreasonable, reality is that, if he can't control what he puts into his mouth in order to take care of himself, the US won't believe he is in a position to take care of the country. It is unfortunate, because he does seem like a reasonable choice for president.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Idiots believe idiots.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Politics 2012

    Leave the Feds out of it!! There's private money available to take care of this....much more than when the entire auto industry was standing on the cliff.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. stucatz

    That must have been tough for him to let out of his mouth, clearly not much else escapes once it's past his lips.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • harry Crosby

      and I'm sure you are a supermodel LOL!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yougotproblem

    Well, you republicans know this very well... it's God's will

    October 30, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sam Rupani

    Good Morning.

    I have kept $10 billion for Governor Mr. Chris Christie for Sandy. Please use the money wisely.

    Thanks. Regards. Love.

    Sam Rupani

    Houston, Texas, United States of America.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. WhoDatFan

    As a NOLA native, my first instinct is to say, as many in the mainstream media did after Katrina, the Federal Government should not spend any money to rebuild that area. They should have know that living so close to the water, this would happen....but as a human being & Katrina survivor, who knows what it means to be home & to miss home, give that area all the funds needed to return it back to a place that is better than what it was before.

    There are many who will be displaced for a while & and it only gets better. Stick together, be a community, depend on each other, do for yourself and most importantly, return the favor. After this tragedy, you will see how what happened to you, can so easily happen to someone else, in another part of the country & you need to be there for them in their time of need, if not physically, at least in spirit.

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

      Good comments. Best of luck to you and take care.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. commonsensical

    "Christie said he's confident that President Barack Obama and the federal government will work with New Jersey and that the state will rebuild." And if Mitt Romney is President, he says he will disband FEMA – so no more help from the Federal Govt, he wants to "shift disaster relief to the States". Hope someone in Florida wakes up and realizes that if Romney wins, Florida and Louisianna are gonna be 3rd world devastation zones.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      So, are you saying that we will be paying to rebuild them in perpetuity? Maybe they should have building codes and insurance that would prevent the rest of the country from having to pay for their lack of planning.

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

      so true...there are States that will do well if left to their own devices, but most of them will be the likes of Greece, Portugal, France, Spain and Ireland and will be bailed out by the elitist :):) (all all those failing states will be the red ones!!!) Go figure...America consistently votes against their own interest just to follow some babbling mouthpiece.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • mandfkiwsa

      Really?? Christie is going to accept vast federal aid instead of "taking responsibility for working and building in areas that are at risk"? What a surprise. He's not leaving the issue "to the private insurance sector" to remedy? Wow, what a shock. Hypocrisy. Typical of lame ideological Republicans who castigate the poor, rip relief programs, and criticize federal aid while quietly reaping their benefits the entire time.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Graymadder

      Why would you try to politicize this...get real.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      Karina, it is odd, how the states with the highest incomes tend to vote for the folks who would raise their taxes, while the states with the lowest incomes vote for those that would cut their services.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      mandfkiwsa-the taxes have already been taken from the people of New Jersey. There is no hypocrisy in asking for some back.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ariel

    God's way of getting rid of "The Jersey Shore", "Housewives of New Jersey" and "Mob Wives".

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

      That's not going far enough! The entire state needs to be washed away!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • GEM

      See? Something good has come of this already.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Griselda

      WRONG! God is love and if any of them turned to him for forgiveness He would forgive them. Don't judge them because they sin differently then you do. We are ALL sinners and fall short of his glory. I don't know who your God is...

      November 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    we can only hope........

    October 30, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    For the last time, people: the federal Government coordiantes its efforts with state and local governments to ensure the resources get spent properly. That's why it's referred to as a "coordinated "effort. The Feds have the cash and the resources to make sure things get done quickly when states and local governments are overwhelmed.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. san01

    Why is not Christie asking ROMNEY to help him ? Capitalism, free enterprise, no hand-outs from Gubmint ?? What happened to the loud-mouthed hypocrite Capitalists ? Having it both ways ? Flip flopping ??

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

      Are Democrats hypocrites when they hire accountants to minimize their tax bill? How many Democrats look at their tax bill and add 50% to avoid hypocrisy? Do you?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Really, the discussion here is about a natural disaster, and your trying to equate taxes with that: is there something you might be missing in all of this, besides you trying to change the subject away from the GOP's position that FEMA needs to be privatized or shut down entirely?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      Wow, Tom, so your own hypocrisy shall not be mentioned. Honestly, do you tell your accountant to add 20% to avoid hypocrisy? Didn't think so.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • harry Crosby

      the scary thing is that someone as dumb as you may vote!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • harry Crosby

      I guess in your world Romney is the only capitalist out there LOL! STupid!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Really, once again, you use a debate pivot to avoid dealing with the topic. Your own hypocrisy is evident, since you seem to feel any forum is appropriate to discuss your pet topics. Now run along, since you can't play with the adults. Why is the party that has dumped on FEMA ( since they can't run the agency properly) suddenly embracing them? Have you bothered to ask that question?

      October 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    Hopefully this is the end of Jersey Shore and it's cast.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. You're Silly

    Unthinkable? 16 people died and some cars are underwater, Christie. Did you happen to turn on the news when Joplin, MO was hit by a tornado that leveled the town and killed 154 people? Did you happen to catch the morning paper when New Orleans was hit by Katrina? Did you sleep in when Andrew swept over Florida? Please.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • harry Crosby

      Your name says it all........

      October 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • harry Crosby

      Really has it right! You are too stupid to understand how the federal tax system works. NJ paid into the program, unlike the millions that don't pay taxes and get every free program know to man. And by the way I'm not talking about retirees or the disabled. I know you guys like to lump those into the 47% quote from MITT. But once again we can't expect you all to understand such advanced math. DUH HUH!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're Silly

      Tax system? Ah, yes, taxes. I was talking about worthless things, like human life. I guess I am the silly one after all.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. really

    All you calling Christie a hypocrite for looking to the Federal government stop and think. Our system of government was originally planned for states to take care of themselves for the most part, but that is not how it is today. Republicans would see fewer tax dollars going to Washington, but if the dollars have already been taken, there is no hypocrisy in asking for them back.
    It is like all you Democrats that complain about tax cuts, yet don't insist on paying more than you are legally bound to pay.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • kalo

      Wrong, the federal government has more than bailed out the States and now giving more for this emergency.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      Only problem with your reasoning my friend is that NJ gets already back more money from the feds than it puts in......so Hypocrisy is the right word, yes.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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