Christie on Hurricane Sandy: 'I Feel Like the Disaster Governor'

Gov. declares state of emergency, orders evacuations as storm approaches.

Gov. Chris Christie has a message for New Jersey residents doubting the severity of the Hurricane Sandy forecast: prepare for the worst. The governor declared a weather-related state of emergency before holding a press conference in front of the East Keansburg Fire Co. in North Middletown on Saturday morning.

“We should not assume the predictions should be wrong,” Christie said. “When the storm comes, if it’s as bad as they're predicting it will be, you’re going to wish you weren’t as cynical as you might have otherwise been. I’m not trying to be an alarmist here. I want everybody to be ready. I want your families to be safe and I want us to be able to do our jobs the right way.”

Christie ordered the mandatory evacuation of Barrier Island residents from Ocean County through Cape May County by 4 p.m. on Sunday. Eastbound roadways leading to Barrier Islands will be closed at that time. Atlantic City casinos must also be evacuated by Sunday afternoon.

Other shoreline residents may want to consider leaving voluntarily if it makes sense for them to do so, according to Christie.

“Certainly, I think folks along the shoreline who are not on the Barrier Islands should consider voluntary evacuation. That’s going to be based on do they have friends or relatives to evacuate to,” he said. I don’t think at this point these are people who are going to need to evacuate to shelters.”

Christie noted that Hurricane Sandy was expected to stay in the area for a longer period of time than Irene, leading to the possibility of a more severe impact on the state than the August 2011 hurricane.

“Irene came in and left pretty quickly. This is not scheduled to come in and leave quickly. If we really have sustained hurricane-force winds along the shoreline for 48 hours or 60 hours, we’re going to be looking at some pretty severe damage to the shore,” Christie said.

In preparation for the storm, the governor ordered four reservoir systems in northern New Jersey to be drawn down Friday evening and for releases to be made from Pompton Lake and Lake Hopatcong. Shelters will be established in 18  of the state’s 21 counties with the capacity for 12,000 residents, and if required, five state locations can be opened as shelters with the capacity for an additional 5,000 residents, according to Christie. New Jersey residents who evacuate their homes should seek shelter with family and friends and only use the county- and state-run shelters as a last resort, the governor said.

After leading the state through a severe December 2010 snowstorm, Hurricane Irene, and a sudden snowstorm last October, Christie said he and state emergency response leaders believe they are ready to issue swift response to Hurricane Sandy.

“I feel like the disaster governor,” Christie joked. “For better or worse, we can speak about this in shorthand now. We’ve gone through this stuff before. It doesn’t mean we’re going to get everything right, but what it means is we think we’re anticipating all the right things.”

carol simon October 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Let's just pray that Obama has more compassion for those who may be hit by Hurricane Sandy than he did for those that were killed in Lybia, including our American Ambassador, whom he allegedly, let die knowingly, misleading the American people with false rhetoric.
Johnetta Benton October 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Obama???? Really??? I guess your HATE is really showing. Lol PRESIDENT Obama has nothing to do with this storm. Wow, talk about stretching!
6776mt October 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Ridgewood mom... I used to see your posts and wonder why people comment against you all the time..I used to feel bad... You know what you deserve it! For you to assume that he doesn't prepare us for storms, or that he is not always working for the State is absurd... Also to think that it would be ok for him to take the last half of his term and campaign for himself would be ok ..is simply asinine....
Ridgewood Mom October 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Yeah, New Jersey Governor Obama needs to do that. ROFL!!! Hilarious.
Steve October 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Disaster Governor - we can understand that with his judicial nominations or appointments out of Passaic county alone.
Ridgewood Mom October 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Thanks 6776mt. I'm glad to know you care about me.
Terry October 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
We don't actually "have to" support him at any time.
Average Joe October 28, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Shovelitin, that comment didn't even make sense. That was a nice attempt at humor, but I think you should just stick to seriousness.
Freedomlovin' Merican October 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Here's another helpful hint Lorri, click on the key on your keyboard called "caps lock", and turn it off! Kthnx.
Freedomlovin' Merican October 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
And thank you Carol for the recap of the latest Faux news report. Can you give us the latest on Acorn? Solyndra? Saul Alinsky?
Bee October 28, 2012 at 08:09 PM
M@M October 28, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Ridgewood Mom - Can we send you back?
Terry October 28, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Oh, Lorri, Lorri, you're getting yourself overexcited; there'll be tears before nap time.
sally S talk October 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Be safe. Be prepared. Watch out for the elderly and lend a hand when you can.
sally S talk October 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Freedomlovin' Merican October 28, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Lorri - I don't have any ice cream, I've made lots of ice, turned the fridge up, have enough batteries, flashlights, and candles, said prayers for those most vulnerable, and managed it all without the CAPS LOCK.
Monk October 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Carol, you speak the truth. Obama is as dishonest as any president, and he is derilect in addressing real issues.
Carrie Anne November 01, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I always was in your corner but after your support of Obozo you have lost a NJ supporter Its so true that actions speak louder than words...Your actions...praising the messiah Obozo for doing what he is paid to do yet excusing his leadership the four years prior and ignoring the blood on his hands..... just show me that you and Bloomberg are just like him.!..Liars and potlicians first !! You are not for the people of NJ......You are for yourself and I am sure you will find a way to fly off to the fundraiser for "Obama Springsteeen" and shout the praises of your new BFF! While all of us sit without power or electirc and gas another week! Good riddance next election!
Ridgewood Mom November 01, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Since the hurricane has hit, I have been impressed with the way in which Christie has been working together with Obama for the best interests of the people of New Jersey. Even I can give them credit for that. Such a judgement really shouldn't be about whether you agree with other aspects of either of their politics. Priority number one should be helping the people of our state, and region, to get through this together.
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william Smith November 05, 2012 at 01:09 PM
The governor has shown that he is very adept at managing fiscal issues. When it comes to disasters, however, he is a total disaster. Why are there lines at Gas stations in northern NJ. Absolutely self induced by having only 30% of the stations up and running. Why are people in Northern NJ still without power?? Going into a cold spell, not having heat is just a disaster. He talks a tough game, but I drove yesterday in the towns of Montville and Booton, there was not one crew working anywhere in the town. Are you kidding me, they are working around the clock. Crews from the south with supplies and people are being turned away by our Unions --- and Christie the big fat tough guy does nothing but accept it. Go have another donut you fat pig.
alyce November 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Gas lines are long if you find gas at all.
Lorraine E. Bender November 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM
OMY OMY, I hear that really bad 4 letter word ( HATE ) so much wow, maybe we can remove it from our vocabulary and teach the innocent children in our world and around us a better 4 letter word (LOVE). Lets stop disaster, only violence comes from hate and that is a complete disaster! Lets help others try to have Thanksgivig even if it is not a happy one.Remember there are families without anything!! Christmas is coming also, how can we help put MERRY back into Christmas for them? ANY IDEAS?
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