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. mike

    What?? After years of bashing the federal government for spending now they want their help to pay for millionaires to get their beach back.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mary young

    new jersey will recoverand be better then before . I lived their ALL MY LIFE. LOVE THE STATE.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Hold on there christie! your buddy Rob Me says," An End To FEMA! An End To Handouts! An End To Socialism! No Federal help for you fatboy! NO NO NO! You don't want to be a BOBBY JINDAL now, Do You?

    October 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakee don't don't

      Well Christie is a flip flopper like Romzey. He will root for whoever buys him dinner.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Yakee don't don't

    I'm surprised that each state hasn't tried to separate and become its own little country. I bet the thought has crossed their minds though quite a few times.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kay

    No global warming affecting storms Governor Christie? Maybe you will "believe" now...

    October 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • why

      Globl warming must have been around since the begining, along with all other natural things of the earth!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah11

      Look up Global Warming and the affect of redistributing water around the earth. Areas are going into drought while areas are being flooded.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      If not for global warming, the entire planet would be 72 and sunny year round. ID10T!

      October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Please show us the science that global warming caused this particular hurricane.

      between 1278 and 1438 — A major hurricane struck the modern-day New York/New Jersey area, probably the strongest in recent millennium.[1]
      August 25, 1635 — A hurricane that is reported to have tracked parallel to the East Coast impacts New England and New York, although it remains unknown if any damage occurs.[2]
      September 8, 1667 — A 'severe storm' is reported in Manhattan and is reported to be a continuation of a powerful hurricane which affected the Mid-Atlantic.[2]
      October 29, 1693 — The Great Storm of 1693 causes severe damage on Long Island, and is reported to create the Fire Island Cut as a result of the coast-changing storm surge and waves.[2][3]
      September 23, 1785 — Several large ships crash into Governors Island as a result of powerful waves which are reported to have been generated by a tropical cyclone.[3]
      August 19, 1788 — A hurricane strikes New York City or Long Island and is reported to have left the west side of the Battery "laid in ruins" after severe flooding occurs.[3]

      Pesky 1583 Gas Guzzlers.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shante's mom

    This is devastation, political sarcasm has no place right now. Say a prayer that all will recover from water and the lack of electricity a.s.a.p. Let the politicians do thier job and hope for the best. I Love Obama!!!

    October 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Realist 2

      I'm in agreement and pray with you for my fellow citizens in harms way..

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

      Prayer? I guess GOD didn't hear those to begin with, huh? He must have been on TMZ when the prayers for the storm not to hit were being said. Prayer? Wake up!

      October 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sinfully Yours

    So...during this large scale disaster which affected the whole state, governor Christie did not fully actvate the state EOC from which he is speaking from (look at the image tied to this story). All that equipment being put to waste: only a handleful of people manning the facility to help coordinate response efforts. Nice job there Governor Crispy Cream! I am sure you had no shortage of donuts while giving your little schpeal!

    October 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gov. Christie

      Are you jealous of my man-chops? Sounds like it. Thank you for asking about my *nom nom nom* donuts. My interns searched high and low to find me some. I had to have a fresh batch choppered in from Maryland since the roads are inaccesible here and are without power. I am sure you don't mind that your hard earned tax dollars were spent on the extra fuel. But don't worry, a happy governor is a happy state. Also, the half empty facility you see behind me in the picture is because I am trying to go green, reducing our state's carbon footprint. I sent the rest of the staff to the rooftop with binoculars and blankets. We are going to use smoke signals instead of comp....oh cr@p. The roof is on fire now....gotta run all! Christie out!

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

      And Romney is having a " Storm Relief Event " in Ohio. Politics much during a crisis...

      October 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gov. Christie

      Thank you *nom nom nom* for your concern. My *burp* friend Mitt is indeed having the event to help support my lofty appet...err...I mean goals of rebuilding this *nom nom nom* state following this devastating event. *glug glug glug* I am personally asking *burp* President Obama to provide us with relief funding in the amout of 5 billion dollars. This will ensure that all the donut shops within *nom nom nom* New Jersey are rebuilt and are fully operational. Once we have established our donut supply, we can *nom nom nom* work to restore our emergency services and then look to help the great *glug glug glug* citizens of this *BURP* state. Christie out!

      October 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      If Christie had gone down the shore and personally turned Sandy harmlessly out to sea, you'd be accusing him of denying NJ needed rain. Be honest with yourself, is there anything he could have done to earn your praise?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gov. Christie

      *Nom nom nom* Perhaps, I should not have run *burp* for *nom nom nom*... you gotta try this powdered donut. it's absolutely to die for! *Nom nom nom* Now where was I?...Oh yes, I am sure many people would prefer that I *nom nom nom* had not run for governor. *Nom nom nom* But I had made a promise to my dear old mum *nom nom nom* that if I won the governor seat in the great state of Joisy, I would buy *nom nom nom* her a lifetime supply of *nom nom nom* twinkies. Christie out!

      October 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Green1955

    Christie failed the people of NJ miserably with this storm and now he wants a govt bailout to fix his incompetence. This comes from the same clown that voting against updating the their levee system.

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

      I think you're confusing Chris Christie with Ray Nagin. I'm not sure how, because I can't think of one way those two are alike.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Republican Hypocrisy

    Really? Christie wants Federal money for his state? That's a new tune for him. And what does his friend Romney have to say? He's always saying how States should take care of themselves and not ask for Federal assistance. That's all well and good until a disaster strikes.

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

      It's called 'karma', mate

      October 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. angryersmell

    So for the last two days it's been: "if you stay, it's on you", and "you're stupid if you stay". Seems kind of callous at this point.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cheri

    Why are you people all so negative about helping one of our own states get back on it's feet?! This is The UNITED STATES of AMERICA! It's what we stand for. Where has compassion and empathy gone from everyone? Money is just paper and you sure as hell can't take it with you so why do you make it so much more important than helping your neighbors? 'nuff said!

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

    Christie did a nice job of giving Obama credit for being there with whatever they needed. I think the reason that Christie wasn't listened to and followed was that when you are ALWAYS full of bluster, drama and bravado, people tend to think you are crying wolf when you really need them to listen to you.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kent

    Jersey needed a little cleanup.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sid AIrfoil

    "Christie said he's confident that President Barack Obama and the federal government will work with New Jersey and that the state will rebuild."

    Isn't that socialism? SHouldn't NJ fix her own problems? Shouldn't NJ residents deal with it all themselves with NO government aid? Republicans decry socialism until THEY need something.


    October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      So why are you complaining Sid...it's time to give away hard earned money. That's part of your agenda, right? Give away money to those in need no matter what.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MH

      Yeah, except the only difference is that the people in NJ had no choice in whether the storm ruined their lives. Thus, federal assistance is justified. As opposed to those who choose not to better their lives, federal assistance not justified.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Knucklehead

    Is Snooki ok?

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