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. PeterD

    President Obama has reserved $ 100 MM for Arab Spring Nations Rebuilding and $ 0 For Hurricane Sandy VIctims in USA.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Darw1n


      October 30, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • kalo

      Stop lying, calling it a national emergency allows states and people to get money out of the national reserve to rebuild. Stop spewing fox news lies.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      100% False. Federal aid was already being dispersed before the storm hit. Try again later.
      On a separate note: Christie should never be allowed to speak. The man makes no sense and I just stare at his enormous gut as he spews nonsense. "Devastation is unthinkable." Sigh.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manny

      Peter you are a liar.But that is typical from the right.Just keep repeating the lie and hope the fools will believe you.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Are we really sure we need to rebuild New Jersey? After all the horrific pop culture coming out of that state maybe it's for the best to just let it die. Can we confirm that Snookie was in one of the destroyed buildings?

    October 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack O Lantern

      Bill, congrats! 1st comment to make any sense yet............Took Sandy a LONG time to build up to knock that whacko show off the air and she was late at that.......On the kinder notes: I hope all are well and taking care of themselves on their dime and anyone with the means to help. Thats all folks!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • AstronautsAroundUs

      Exactly. Maybe that unbearable show will be canceled now.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • it will just move somewhere else


      October 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Which State do you live in? Once you let us know, we can then follow up with a top 10 list of everything that is wrong with your state.

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

      New Jersey is NOT about Snooki, or Housewives or Mob Wives. We are honest hard-working people who are sick to death of being lumped in the categories that the media puts us in. The REAL housewives of New Jersey take their kids to school, to the beach and take care of them. There are plenty of REAL people suffering from this storm that do not own million dollar homes on the beach. Try to remember that.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sour Diesel

    I LOL'ed

    October 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Say what you want that is pro or anti Chris Christie, there are still people out there who could not evacuate and need help. There are folks without power that need to run vital medical equipment. There are folks with families who have lost their food and maybe where they live. They need help getting back on their feet.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wellwishes57

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected by this monster storm. We as humanity should learn to help eachother out. Some of the comments are so harsh if you cannot write anything nice, don't write it at all.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sjw503

    There will be a time for the partisan debate over the role of government in a disaster but now is not it. Instead of posting nonconstructive comments on an internet bulletin board, maybe people can go give blood or find a charity that needs help providing aid to those impacted by the storm. If we can't put aside our political differences during a disaster we are in a trouble deeper than the flood waters as a nation.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SideOfBacon

    didn't the devastation start when they first started recording Jersey Shore?

    October 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      When they elected this loud meatball, more like.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cecilia

    What a class act. His humility really showed; President Obama also showed what he is really about. He cares for the human welfare of those who are helpless. Governor Christie showed America that in the time of need our country can come together as one nation under God. Without our Federal government at work, it would be difficult because we have Republican governors who care only about making the rich richer just remember Hurricane Katrina and how Bush and Jindal in Louisiana did not take care of its people.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      I have lived in Louisiana all my life and served as a paramedic in St Charles parish during Katrina. Jindal was not the Gov. during Katrina, that was Kathleen Blanco a democrate. Try sticking to the truth and not spew lies given to you by the liberal biased media. Louisiana recovered from Katrina just fine, the people that help themselves and not rely on the government to come save you do just fine.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sheila

    What is wrong with you people! Shame on you! People are suffering from a "natural" disaster and you are relishing in their suffering and making fat jokes about Governor Christie. I don't like Christie either but I wouldn't insult is weight. He is trying to do what is right for his state and Obama is working with him. Have a care for the people that have lost life, limb and property. This is American.... or at least it was.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KC Yankee

    Man we've got some cold-blooded ones here today! On the other hand, I'm looking for a follow-up story on that guy and his son who were going to stick it out during the storm in Atlantic City because they were sure they would be ok and they had a big truck if they needed to get out . . .

    October 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Billy Bob

    "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."


    Tony, I'm afraid you are the one in need of education. Where's your data showing disaster recovery can be performed at 1/4 the cost and the government would be 4 times as much? Rombe stated that he supports privatized disaster recovery – that's a fact. You can't lie about that. Your statement about privatization being 1/4 the cost is an opinion - and an "uneducated" one at that. You're swallowing too many republican PowerPoints.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PushingBack

    "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 then once he's taken the President and the Feds for the ride, he'll start calling them all useless again. He's so nice!

    October 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rjtrebor

      Never ceases to amaze me how people can make such foolish public statements.
      "The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," he said. So he's never seen the damage caused when
      hurricanes have hit other areas? He's never been informed by people in the know what could, and would happen if a large storm hit the east coast? They should be counting their blessings that they didn't get real hurricane force winds. Gust to
      90 or 100 is nothing like having it blow 150 or higher for hours. If that had happened there would be nothing left standing on the coast line.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. derp

    Actually, we didn't loose the Ocean City ferris wheel. That was just internet nonsense. But we will keep your idiot redneck comments in mind the next time a storm hits the south.

    I'm sure all of the yankee trash that went down to the gulf to help rebuild after Katrina will appreciate your sentiments.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carol

    Gov. Christie has and is doing a good job of looking out for his state. President Obama and he will wok together for the good of the NJ people. Private companies have never looked out for the good of all people, but our government has and will.

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

    Have to love Christie's parting remarks as he fled yesterday. "It's on you". Typical Republicant, running away when the real crisis hits and then blaming the aftermath on YOU.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
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