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. The Real Tom Paine

    Money from states like NJ and NY goes to keep states like LA, SC, AK and other red states afloat, with everything from military bases to defense contractors. Do you really think the red states that depend upon states like NJ will simply give the money back because NJ needs it? Nope. Its does not work that way. You are criminally negligent when it comes to understanding how things actually work in the real world. Your ideology does not fly because conservative states need the Federal government to keep their economies afloat, or they all would look like Greece. Actually they are worse than Greece, since they are all freeloaders on the Federal dole.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    It's funny how Christie changes is tune when his state get's hit with a bad storm. I hope the people get the help they need.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yakee don't don't

    OBAMA: " Hey governor Christie how bad is it?"

    CHRISTIE: "It's very bad...."

    OBAMA: "How many homes were damaged any casualties?"

    CHRISTIE: "Well, we haven't assessed the homes yet but I can tell you that the Crispy Creams is destroyed..."

    OBAMA: "Ahhh well ok you got my number call me when you have assessed all damage then we can start rebuilding."

    CHRISTIE: "OK Thank you Mr President.... I only supported Romney because he paid for my meal at the Keg."

    OBAMA: " Whatever keep in touch."

    CHRISTIE CALLS BACK HR LATER: "Yeah I assessed the damage its worst than I thought... Two Crispy Creams have been totaled and the Keg."

    OBAMA: "sigh."

    October 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sophia

    Romney is running on "Each State for himself", so if he is elected then NJ, NY and the rest would be all on their own, is what he's running his campaign on. No handouts, remember? This is a good time to change who you plan to vote for.
    I'd say "GO the OBAMA WAY"!

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

    Gov Christie is in ICU in a hospital in Trenton after trying to singlehandedly plug a hole in a levee, after consuming an unspecified number of large Little Caesar's pizzas, using only his immense girth to plug the gaping hole. Unfortunately, the build up of pressure shot the brave Governor downstream resulting in massive destruction and knocked several buildings off their foundations. A Sea World team was on the scene and able to free the Governor from the wreckage and revive him with a bucket of Popeye's chicken. He has been airlifted to the aforesaid hospital with the aid of 7 helicopters and a sling contrived from a missing panel from the roof of Giant's stadium. Don't you all feel bad for making fun of the Governor now?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sophia

    Maybe this is the Mayors way of getting rid of some poor folks. All of the people with money flew out over the weekend.
    They don't care. They're part of the Romney group remember? The money people, they don't need handouts. Wake up voters, now you see where you really stand. If you don't have a plane to fly out or money to leave the City. The mayor will put you up in a gym and hope it doesn't flood on you.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakee don't don't

      Yeah with the poor people gone they can re-develop that ocean front property for the rich.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUpPlze

      Absolutely STUPID comment Sophia. Please tell me you're kidding, right? How f'ing stupid are people these days that KNOW a storm is coming for over a freaking WEEK? They could have WALKED to Vermont in that amount of time. Stop blaming everyone for the idiocy of people. Look in the mirror if you didnt get out of harms way. Stop depending on everyone else to do what you should be doing yourself. Very stupid comment.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dreamon

    Wow with all the devastation that the northeast has been through all you can do is make nasty comments on the Governor of this state WOW. The people in this country need a WAKE UP CALL. Show some compassion for these poor people who have lost everything. It is days like these where one can be ashamed to be a citizen of the USA.

    Show some respect for God's sake.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Greetings from Oslo! Who will you be send to Guantanamo for this attack?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. waver1der

    Mandatory evacuations, should mean mandatory!!! Especially then the state is going to provide buses and shelter to you. Now instead of working on recovery and repair, a lot of people are tied up rescuing people who chose to stay, and that always happens. How long till a helicopter crashes and kills innocent rescuers who were trying to rescue people who chose to ignore a mandatory evacuation.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike P

      There are different types of evacuation orders. Mandatory evacuation only applies to those that don't own property in the affected area. If you are a home owner you have the right to stay in your place. Of the Government wants everyone to leave the area that must invoke martial law or a signed order by autorities that everyone must leave.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patrick Millar

    You think with all the destruction and devestation and rebuilding that people have to go throug that there would be better things to talk about other than the Governors weight. Im all for a good joke, but really. You honestly think he is not doing everything he can right now to help people?

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

      The best way he can help the people of NJ is by not being its governor.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GB

    Oh...so you don't need federal money to fix your state. Good luck then. Don't call us...

    October 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • btcratell

      Keep in mind that the federal money comes from all 50 states. So all the people of NJ want is some of THEIR money back to repair. Are you one of those folks who think that the federal money comes from Obama and the dems?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. samadams

    How are those tax cuts working out for you, Christie? I'm sure there is lots of money to improve the infrastructure. Your conservative buddy, Mitt, wants to get rid of FEMA and push full responsibility on the states. Good idea, huh?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Luther51

    Wait until those with destroyed houses find their insurance doesn't cover flooding unless they paid extra for very expensive flood insurance.

    Now those of us across the rest of the country who weren't even hit get to pay increased homeowner's insurance premiums to reimburse the insurance companies for the Sandy claims for wind damage.

    Insurance has become the biggest scam in the U.S., abetted by legislators who receive campaign contributions (legal bribes) from the insurance companies and let lobbyists write bills covering the industry. Our government stinks.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Aerosgrl

    Simple... Hand out Toes Tags to the persons who chose to stay behind. Tell them to be sure to fill it out & attach for easy ID'ing.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Penny Wright

    When Katrina hit, Bush was in Phoenix celebrating John McCain's birthday.

    When Sandy hit, Obama was in the situation room meeting with FEMA.

    Thank God for Obama.

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

      Won't make any difference to Christie–he's a little (okay, actually quite large) attack dog for Republican party who's going to find a way to make this natural (translate: couldn't be stopped) disaster into something political.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      This behavior is know as "Leadership", and is something Republicans have only read about.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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