Christie: Nor’easter May Be Temporary Setback for Sandy Recovery

New Jersey governor said 11,000 utility workers remain in state, set to respond to any damage brought by storm.

A nor’easter set to strike New Jersey Wednesday may cool the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts for a time, Gov. Chris Christie warned.

“We may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that,” Christie said during a press conference at Long Beach Island Wednesday morning.

Power outages may increase during the storm, which is set to bring a heavy, wet snow and wind gusts as high as 55 mph to the state.

However, the governor was hopeful the pause in recovery efforts would be brief. He noted 11,000 utility workers remain in the state and the clear weekend forecast would allow the recovery push to continue in earnest.

“I appreciate that we’re all tired,” Christie said. “I want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Questioned about President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney the night before, Christie dismissed critics who accused him of embracing the president during his post-Sandy visit to the state.

“I wouldn't call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama. I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the president of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job,” Christie said.

He was also quick to dismiss speculation of 2016 presidential run, saying that the life and death issues inherent with the back-to-back storms have made politics a minor focus for now.

“I've got a job to do in New Jersey. My future, whatever it is will take care of itself. I'm honored to be the governor of New Jersey,” he said.

George Clark November 08, 2012 at 01:12 PM
for once christie put "his" nj citizens above his party, my dear. He was out on bus tour we all paid for for mitt to lose. christie should be focusing on nj and to hell with all these parties going on having a party as we all go to hell in a hand basket.
George Clark November 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I guess all new jerseyans are incompetent in preparedness. Don't you think? global warming real enough for all you oil loving republicans now? storms are gonna get worse till you are all buried under the truth you've all been denying so a few can get filthy rich with buried treasure as we get buried under the pollution that filth is making.
Holmdel person November 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
The utilities companies' response is shameful but the crew members have been working hard. There was one team doing repairs at Rt 35 and Union for half a day, in the snow, up in a bucket.
Natalie Taylor November 09, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Uh, last time I checked, PRESIDENT OBAMA is the President and it is his JOB to come to the State after a disaster!! What in the world was Mitt going to send to help us?!! Get Real!! That's what's wrong with Politics - people can't get out of their own "political" way to do the right thing for the people!! And then the REPUBLICANS gave Christie hell for telling the truth!! Wow!!
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