Gov. Chris Christie says he’s “extraordinarily disappointed” with some local officials along the coast who didn’t heed the administration’s warnings to evacuate areas along the shore.
The governor said during his evening news conference Monday that the decision by elected officials, specifically mentioning Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford, to not comply with the mandatory evacuation orders has put lives in danger.
“I did read him say he didn’t want his people to leave the city,” said Christie, referring to Langford.
“That’s not leadership,” he said.
The governor said efforts to rescue an unknown number of stranded New Jersey residents along the coast have been halted until the morning. Rescue efforts are expected to resume around 7 a.m., he said.
“We still don’t know how many people we’re talking about,” he said. “Atlantic County was the biggest problem. … We had lower compliance in (some Atlantic City towns).”
Christie warned of “significant” property damage and beach erosion along the Jersey Shore.
“They have my word that we’re going to get down there as quickly as we can,” he said.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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