Christie: ‘Level of Devastation Unthinkable’

Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 10:47 AM

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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is offering effusive praise of President Barack Obama Tuesday for his handling of super-storm Sandy, according to the National Journal.

The compliments came in multiple TV appearances and over Twitter.

New Jersey was devastated by the storm, with 2.4 million people losing power and massive floods along the state’s coast.

“The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable. It's a major disaster,” Christie said. “We have a battered New Jersey shore. I think the losses are going to be almost incalculable.”

The response from Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the disaster has been “great,” Christie said on NBC’s “Today” show. As of midnight, Christie had spoken with Obama three times. His conversations with both the president and FEMA officials “have been excellent,” Christie said.

“It’s been very good working with the president,” Christie said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “He and his administration have been coordinating with us. It’s been wonderful.”

On “Today” Christie said, “the president has been outstanding in this.”

He appreciates Obama’s declaration of a major disaster for New Jersey, the governor added.

“I think we'll get significant federal assistance on this,” Christie said. “We'll work with our federal partners.”

Christie also was pleased that Obama didn’t bring up politics in their conversations. The president "has been incredibly supportive and helpful to our state and not once did he bring up the election," Christie told CNN. "If he's not bringing it up, you can be sure that people in New Jersey are not worried about that, primarily if one of the guys running isn't.”

The New Jersey governor also was impressed with Obama’s accessibility. “He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call him if I needed anything. And he absolutely means it.”

Christie said talk that Mitt Romney might visit New Jersey is of no concern to him now. “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested,” he told Fox News. “I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics, and I could care less about any of that stuff.”

On "CBS This Morning," Christie said he spoke with Obama three times on Monday as the storm hit.

Obama on Monday declared New Jersey a major disaster area so the state can quickly receive federal aid.

"I can't thank the president enough for that," Christie told CBS.


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