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. OnTheRight

    Christie should show he supports Romney and handle this with just his state resources and turn down all FEMA aid.

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

      He should! Right after the Federal government returns the funds taken from the people of New Jersey for duties never assigned to the Federal Government.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carson

    Funny isn't it, now the Rebudgyican's want the fed's help. Bwa ha ha. What a fricken joke they are!!! Always up for it, when it benefits them!!!

    October 30, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sone

    I think people need to realize that in NJ, we don't often get storms like this. Usually, when a hurricane hits the south, we get some rain. It's rarely ever truly bad and I've never seen it quite like this! We don't normally get tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc here.

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

      So? Get tough!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chantal

    120 people are looked up in ANR jail in kinshasa . For unknown offence that have nothing to do with national surety ! Please HELP to the international community people are diying !

    October 30, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Safe in Texas

      Nobody cares here – move on to the real devastation in the US!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. rick crossman

    it seems like gov. chris christie is most certainly sure that obama's going to win this election..

    October 30, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jimbo

    Now we need federal government. Let the Tea Party members take care of the mess. It is true we need efficient and functioning government which means people have to work togather to solve the problems, not just criticizing government blindly without facts.

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

      Finally, a comment that's sane. Thank you.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Aimb

      Thanks, Jimbo – my thoughts too.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • why the tea party?

      Why not the ever-so-compassionate secular-liberals?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      So, if you say the Tea Party wants to abolish government, can I say Democrats are Communists? One of these two statements has some basis in fact, and it's NOT yours.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. D0ntBlvit

    The percentage who consider themselves victims and in need of government assistance just increased substantially from 47%.

    Also, any climate change converts out there?

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

      Freak storms happen all the time.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      "Convert" or "Comrade"? LOL, 10-1 after the 1962 storm you would have been screaming about this being caused by global cooling!

      October 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • D0ntBlvit

      Read: Climate change. Climate change is not in dispute by scientists–the cause is. Some lay people wish to believe the climate is not changing. Everything changes.

      October 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thomas

    why? Because he didn't take the opportunity to trash the federal government? I know... can't be a true republican...

    October 30, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn Connaway

      Thomas: Even a republican when he gets behind the eight ball will forget about his stupid ideology when he can't do it alone – he will ask from the only place he knows will give it to him and the people of his state. I just wish all the republicans had put out a hand when Obama asked so humbly after he was elected " I can't do it alone, I will need all your help"!!! My heart was saddened to see the republicans in congress and part of our citizens turn their back on the man who wanted help to put our country back on it's feet and help our citizens get back to work. The republican party has spent 4 years working against our President, the citizens and our country. There will be a cold day in Hades or icicles in august before I could ever respect another republican in my lifetime.l

      October 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sbreezy

    yeah these GOP governors sing a different tune pretty quick about the federal government helping them out when they need it dont they? The entire mentality of the GOP is utterly broken and sick, top to bottom. The best thing for this country's future will be to put them in the minority and keep them there were they can do less damage. ROmney only called the GOP governors in harms way and ignored the DEM governors – which is exactly what he will do as president.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Waylon

      And you know this how????

      October 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Exactly what I was thinking. Similar to how the taxpayers paid for Paul Ryan's expensive college education. His dad died when he was a teen, so Social Security footed the bill.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      Watching a leader LEAD Must be pretty upsetting to partisan Democrats – their comments here expose them.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave Jaipersaud

    Romney and the Republicans would let the States fend for themselves. The Republican agenda is everyone is for themselves and to hell with everyone else. That is not the American way and we MUST not fall for what the Republicans are selling. Remember the last time we bought what they were selling? It was not that long ago. And remember what happened? We almost lost everything. We MUST never forget. DO NOT BUY WHAT THEY ARE SELLING.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yeah you're right. They only care about themselves. Are you kidding me? You sound like someone trying to provoke a revolution in some far-off country. Get a hold on reality. Truthfully, both parties are more or less the same. Some ideologies are different. Thinking that one group "cares more about people" and the other is a bunch of people who just want to see destruction of people less fortunate is not only crazy, it's extremely ignorant. People like you make me want to purposely vote for the person you oppose. That is literally all you're doing by spewing this stuff my way.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gaijingeisha

    BRAD: your comments regarding Gov Christie are childish . Attack the man's political decisions, his political track record re jobs, government services but leave your hateful comments about his weight out of the discussion. This type of fatism only makes your comments worthless

    October 30, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You're wasting your breath on Brad. It isn't his comments that are worthless, it is he himself that is worthless.
      Therefore he will not understand one thing you are trying to say.
      He looks only out of his left eye and doesn't even acknowlege his right.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Maybe I do look out of one eye. but it doesnt seem to bother you that Willard speaks out of both sides of his mouth....

      October 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Master

    "The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," – Exactly what you'd expect from a republican with no foresight or understanding of the situation. They have the same problem with everything they do. No grasp of what their actions or lack there of cause. They brought into the last 3 wars and the longest in history, just to drain the american taxpayer of money. Now who do you think is going to pay for the clean up?

    October 30, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • renegade98

      I wonder how long these republicans will try to sell this crap to the American people? Some of us do have the ability to think, something the GOP doesn't apparently know how to do.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I live in NJ, and I am no fan of Chris Christie. But they did everything they could to prepare for this storm. Blaming him, or anyone else for that matter seems kind of petty right now with all of the devastation I see around me.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Master

      Oh I'm not BLAMING anyone. This is not ones fault but, I've lived in Philly and bee to the shore enough to know, nothing there is build to withstand a normal storm. Every major storm that hits the shore messes it up. Why wouldn't he know or at lest ASK how bad the destruction could be?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      Live in NJ, have houses on both sides of state, and LOVE Christie, even when I don't agree with him. Ya'll can dig you're own debt-ridden graves, I'll take a REAL leader who can actually balance a budget during a depression.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Beth

    Don't forget liar. In the wake of this disaster Christie went on air to chastise the mayor (a black democrat) and accuse him of encouraging people to ignore the evacuation order and stay, but he won't cite his source or provide evidence. The mayor had simply made plans for some shelters to stay open to deal with the handful of residents who refused to evacuate in case they were needed, a far different cry from encouranging people to stay. How sickening to turn this into a political thing.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • realist

      Another race card played. Gross human being

      October 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gork

      Uh...Christie also praised the President late last night for his response and communcation. Isn't he a black democrat too?

      If you want to look at black mayors, look at Denkins, Nagin and some other dandys.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Beth you are way out of line. I live in NJ. Christie came out and told EVERYBODY to get off the Jersey shore. What does the mayor of AC do? He sets up "shelters" for people in AC! What a dumb move. They then needed rescuing. The mayor of AC is about as incompetent as they come. Christie is doing a great job.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • waver1der

      He did state his source, the mayor himself, the fact of opening a shelter in a mandatory evacuation area is crazy, it does nothing but encourage people to stay. How can you open a shelter and staff it, if it is in an area of mandatory evacuation. Why do people assume these actions are politically motivated. I agree with him, you do not open shelters in a mandatory evacuation area, you do what Christie did, provide free buses to get everyone out of the area.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      You man the Naginesq mayor of Atlantic City?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      Shelters ON A BARRIER ISLAND. And now they'll expect emergency workers to risk THEIR lives to go get them?!?!? I don' always agree with everything Christie does, but I CAN count on him to tell it like it is. If you can't handle the truth, that's YOUR problem.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave Jaipersaud

    Do not fall for the crap Romney and the Republicans are selling. They will lie, cheat and steal to get into the White House. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. I am sure they would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out most Americans life savings. Basically that is what the Republicans are proposing. They are saying lets fire the guy that stabilized your investments and grow it to almost what it was prior to 2007 and let’s rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. Do they think most Americans are stupid?

    Here is the real hoax. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. Here is something to think about. Republicans would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out their life savings. Basically that is what they are proposing. Republicans are telling us to fire the guy that stabilized and grow our investments to almost what it was worth prior to 2007 and rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. We have to be really stupid to listen to them and rehire a guy whose policies wiped out investment in the first place. I would hope that Americans are smarter than that.

    Here is a simple way of looking at who is best for the economy. Would you invest with a guy whose investment policies wiped out your investment portfolio or would you invest with a guy whose investment policies stabilized your investment portfolio and is currently growing your portfolio. Even Romney wouldn't invest his own money with the guy whose policies wiped out everyone’s investment and now he wants us to do it. So why would anyone even consider voting for any Republican.

    How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • harry Crosby

      That is the problem with you Dems, you want everyone except yourselve to take care of you!!! You guys can't even wipe your own ass. How many times did he tell people to get out!!! Now it is his fault that people did not heed his warnings????? They stayed on their own free will against the Govenors warnings. You people on this post are so stupid its hard to believe. Get the hell out means get the hell out. I never seen so many stupid post in my life!!!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Middle class are smart enough. Right now we take care of our Americans, red or blue, we all bleed together. People do know the facts, we are recovering. Patients is what we need to help these people, patients is what we need to help our economy. All will be slow, but we come thru together, because we are the "United" states of America.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave Jaipersaud

    Do not fall for the crap Romney and the Republicans are selling. They will lie, cheat and steal to get into the White House. It doesn’t matter how Romney and the Republican try to spin their policies, the American people know how disastrous those policies have been for this country, especially for the Middle Class and less fortunate.
    Americans are not stupid. How can anyone even thing Romney’s policies will be better for this country. Romney and the Republicans policies from 2001 to 2008 brought this great nation to its knees, their policies caused the Great Recession, their policies wiped out almost 10,000,000 jobs as a direct result of the Great Recession, their policies wiped out retirement savings for tens of millions of Americans as a direct result to the Great Recession, their policies took a $1 trillion surplus to a $13 trillion deficit, their policies resulted in the decline in the percentage of Americans that are in the middle class, their policies resulted in tens of millions of Americans without healthcare, their policies resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes, their policies will be detrimental to Latinos and all other minorities, their policies will result in another war in the Middle East, and the list goes on.

    No Americans in their right mind will believe that Romney/Ryan policies will be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. People will remember what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. We are not that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sour Diesel

      Hey dude, this is the internetz. I didn't come here to read a novel.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yeah because we know Obama doesn't lie, cheat, or steal right?

      BTW, what flavor of Kool Aid DO you drink?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave Jaipersaud

      Hey Sour Diesel & Mike, Sometimes the truth hurts. You can stick you heads in the sand and ignore facts, but that would not change the fact that the Republicans decimated the economy while they were in chareg of the White House. Or maybe you are too dumb to remember the Great Recession from 4 to 5 years ago

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