Christie says damage at Jersey shore is likely to be 'the worst we've ever seen'
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office
By Matthew Arco | October 30th, 2012 - 2:18pm
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EWING – Gov. Chris Christie took to the airwaves this morning to discuss the devastation the state sustained from Hurricane Sandy.

The governor told national media outlets that at least three people died in the state as result of the severe weather and that he expected to see “total devastation” when he toured the New Jersey coast.

“We have a battered, battered New Jersey shore,” Christie told TODAY’s Matt Lauer, saying 2.4 million people were without power in the state – a full 1 million more outages than were caused by Irene.

“The devastation at the Jersey shore is probably going to be the worst we’ve ever seen,” he said on MSNBC, telling morning anchors that the tidal surges were so strong yesterday that empty railroad cars washed up on parts of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Christie also praised President Barack Obama for expediting the state’s major disaster declaration, saying “it’s been very good working with the president.”

“The president has been great,” Christie said. “The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit.”

Currently, Christie is touring the state and is expected to give a briefing in Ewing sometime this afternoon.

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