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New Jersey Governor: ‘Get The Hell Off The Beach’


TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urged everyone to get off of the barrier islands and away from the shore points. He’s telling people the earlier they leave, the better off they will be.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate. Residents and tourists alike are fleeing the Jersey beach resorts up and down the coast. Many of the evacuees are vacation-goers, spending the last week of the season soaking up the summer rays.

“Get the hell off the beach … and get out,” Governor Christie said during a late Friday afternoon news conference. “Get in your cars and get out of those areas.”

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“We have the possibility of record flooding,” said Christie. “So just by awful luck, this thing is hitting New Jersey at a time when we’re at high tide, so the likelihood of flooding along the coast is overwhelming – and serious flooding along the coast – not just like you’re feet are getting wet.”

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The Governor is advising everyone in the Garden State to make sure they are prepared and their families are safe.

“The most important advice I can give … is think, don’t react,” said Christie.

NOTE: The Garden State Parkway will be closed to southbound traffic south of Exit 98 beginning at 8pm and traffic will be rerouted to I-195 west.

Routes 47 and 347 in Cape May will be closed to eastbound traffic. All routes will be directed westward beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

All gaming in Atlantic City has been suspended as of noon Saturday and there is no eastbound flow into Atlantic City after 6 p.m. Friday.

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  • James hubbard

    Just because our ‘president’ is a facist doesn’t mean that all the states can be as well.

    • John B

      What does fascism have to do with temporary evacuation orders?! States have laws to evacuate or close off areas of the state in emergencies. More so if martial law is declared to ward off looters (who take advantage of the crisis). Courts turn judgment of such actions over to the executive branch officials in emergencies where loss of life may happen.

  • M.J.B.

    LOVE this guy. Perfect for New Jersey. He could’ve been an actor on the Sopranos…but instead he’s leading the state. ANY day listen to him over melba-toast-comatose Bloomberg

    • gus

      BINGO ! Reminds me of Tony”s brother – in – law BOBBY …..

  • John Steele

    Big Difference between New Jersey and ” Chocolate City” — and I live in Arizona

  • John

    Difference between a REAL leader and a simply a political leader.

    Bloomberg goes and says in a measured tone: The city has decided that you all should evacuate the cities. etc.


    haha love the guy.

  • Mike Alright

    Get off being feminized. Never mind-there is NO hope for this formerly free nation.

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  • David Conard

    I hope he runs for president. He is exactly what we need right now. Someone who will tell it like it is and do what need to be done.

    • Vive LAmerican

      Spare us, please. What we need is real leadership, not some blow-hard.
      He’s a huge phony. I do mean huge.

      • John B

        There’s nothing phony about what he said. It’s called straight talk. And your personal attack on his weight gets no traction – no one cares. I hope he becomes the next president and shuts down the flow of illegals with his crass “in your face” style.
        VIVE LChristie!

      • Joe Petner

        Yes where is Obama? GOLFING.. He is worse then bush.

  • Jerry

    And where’s Obama? Oh yeah….golfing.

  • mabelee

    And stop eating so many hamburgers!!!

    • mojo9

      Id prefer him to your Dumb ass messiah Obama

      • Paula Sacco

        I would prefer my cat to Obama!Paula

      • JDoe

        PLEASE bring on the fat guy jokes….I believe that’s one of the things that helped put him in the Governor’s seat, if I remember my political history correctly…So, please continue, mabelee

    • ViveLAmerican

      Spare us, please. What we need is real leadership, not some blow-hard.

      He’s a huge phony. I do mean huge.

    • Jerry Irwin

      I wish he would eat Big Macs for every breakfast, lunch and dinner and we would not have to worry about him in 2012.

  • BobSmith

    It is smart of Christie to state the issue in no uncertain terms NOW, because there will be idiots who will say they weren’t warned.

    • WhoDatMan

      This coming from a man who has no business being anywhere near a beach.

      • Bachmama

        haha. very good. maybe there is some psychological defense mechanism going on here? pretty obvious.

      • Jerry Irwin

        I don’t know, Whales beach themselves all the time.

      • whodat1

        Sure he does. He has the Sea Shepard’s to protect him.

  • Theshamisover

    We can stay on the beaches if we want!!! We are not scared of a little wind!!! Quit with your fear mongering!!! Why do you really want people out of that area? Staged earthquake, generated hurricane… What are you hiding from the people. We want to see. We are awake now.

    • Jennifer

      Please explain, how exactly do you stage a earthquake or generate a hurricane?

    • BigBoa

      The mighty Boa, who is also an ordained minister by the way, says you are right! Stay there! Just don’t be whining and crying for help like your moronic pals did after Katrina. THEY also refused to leave, insisting nothing “serious” was going to happen….

      By the way, you must be one of the people who blames Katrina on George Bush and his hurricane machine right? He sent Rove and Cheney in a row boat to blow the levees too right? All because “George Bush hates black people”…..right?

      AH HAHAHA!! Incredible….

    • readmylips

      It’s always best to be safe than sorry. Even if the weather persons are wrong…this is a good drill in evacuation. There’s always some good to be derived. When we care about others, we want them to choose on the side of safety and prevent even one casualty. It’s difficult to understand postings like Theshamisover. Perhaps it is a way of being defiant.

    • Josie

      Yeah numbskull, remember Katrina? The National weather service was breaking into the news for FIVE DAYS with their eyes bugging out of their heads saying GET OUT and what happened? People like you. But, of course, it was the government’s fault.

      • YouDude60

        Have you forgotten? It was BUSH’s fault!

    • Jennifer

      As Ron White says, “It’s not that the wind is a blown. It is WHAT the wind is a blown.” Have you ever been through a hurricane?

      • WhoDatMan

        Yes. They’re fun.

    • Jerry

      You are a fool. A little wind? A category 1 hurricane is not “a little wind.” 80mph will cause damage and beach erosion and storm surge. Not to mention 8-12 inches of rain. I hope you stupid left-wing freaks stay on the beach. Let mother nature wipe your stupidity from our civilization.

      • Ben

        riiiight. anyone who remains on the beach is leftwing. Jerry, you are such a sophisticated individual. I totally agree with you. there is either republican or democrat. why should there be anything else? you are either with me, or against me. This is the kind of logic that will bring people together and promote dialogue. Thank you Jerry. I will make sure to educate my children with this dictum in mind. We are here to promote a black or white society. my way, or the highway.

        Thank you for your wisdom. The world is now a better place because of your generosity and genius.


  • TicTacToe

    Why do they have to get off the beach 1.5 days before they need to? It might take them, hmmm… about 45 minutes to get home from there. It’s not a tsunami that’s coming, ya know.

    • stan

      As the time approaches roads, flood, traffic increases and emergency crews evacuate.

    • Charlemayne

      Because normal intelligent people would be home and out and about getting their essential needs together when a catastrophe is imminent. That’s why….1 1/2 days ahead of time? Normal people would need more than that. You got your food, shelter hunkered down, pets inside, water supply, candles, batteries, first aid, generator, gasoline, cars tanked up, all that UNNECESSARY STUFF DONE? Took me 2 1/2 days to do it right and properly care for my family. Take care of loved ones? How about elderly parents and relatives alone? After an earthquake and now impending hurricane in areas that never get this stuff, what’s next, locusts? You people are insane!

    • Mojo9

      Yeah real smart,acouple 100 thousand leaving at the last minute,are you from New Orleans

      • TicTacToe

        But there aren’t a couple hundred thousand people hanging around the beach. And this place is nothing like New Orleans, which is already some 10 feet below sea level, protected by levies even at the best of times, at the mouth of a river that has collected water from upland rains over half the country for about 10 days straight. Geeze let’s be real here.

    • Angry Revolutionary

      @ TicTacToe….put down the drugs

  • Abby

    Give up Christie, you can’t fix stupid.

  • gale

    Re: Where you gonna poop? As every good hurricane survivor knows, you always fill up your bathtub before the storm and have a bucket nearby. After you flush the toilet the 1st time the tank will be empty. For all subsequent flushes, once you have finished your business, fill the bucket and dump it into the toilet bowl. This will flush the toilet.

    • JDoe

      I did not know that !
      See, I came here to praise Christie and I learned something ! Win-Win, as it always seems to be whenever Christie is evolved !
      Thanks, Gale

      • JDoe

        ” involved ” lol

  • Bill

    When it comes to this he is Churchill 1940. When it comes to the Port Authority this guy is a house of cards

  • Kate

    People wish to be stupid, then they will pay the consequences. With that said, Christi sounds like a real class act. .

    • greenbean

      I’m assuming this comment is laced with sarcasm???

  • Kristyn

    Here come the looters!

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  • eanmdphd

    There should be an announcement that there will be no 911 responses to evacuated areas to rescue people who have not evacuated … EMS personnel need not put their lives at risk.

    Also, given your food, radios, batteries, etc, where are you going to poop if the plumbing goes out? Poop can only wait so long.

    • hahah

      Go Poop In Your Neighbors Home. They Won’t Be There.

  • JB

    Gotta love the man. He does tell it like it is. Get the hell off the beach, you have maximised your tan- perfect :)

    • Jerry Irwin

      Ya. GET THE HELL OFF THE BEACH!!! So we can stake out Christie on the beach. He takes up most of it!!

  • Caustic_Commoner

    Everyone EXCEPT the cast of Jersey Shore should leave the beach!
    Jersey Shore cast and crew should disregard weather warnings as they do all other rules they believe don’t apply to them and spend the weekend surfing.

    • Jerry Irwin

      Your right and they should be buried up to their necks in the sand.

  • Texas Greg

    Christie for president.

    • Jerry Irwin

      President of the Sani-Can Cleaners Union.

    • 51Phantom

      You can’t really be from Texas Greg. Christie only looks conservative to people stuck in a socialist paradise like NJ. To us, he looks like a RINO.

      • Jerry Irwin

        Christie a RINO? His horn isn’t big enough.

      • JDoe

        @Texas Greg…pay no mind to51 Phantom, s/he is just a far left troll making a feeble attempt to drive a wedge between the differing opinions in the GOP, because the leftists fear no one more than Christie.
        Conservatives DO support Christie…is he perfect? …no, but no one candidate is going to be perfect on every issue

  • nuisance207

    It’ll be Bush’s fault. Bush hates Guidos.

  • Paul Begala

    Notice the difference in responses between Christie, a real leader, and Nagin. Dopey liberal leftists don’t know how to lead, and Odumbo is a perfect example!

    • buckbamboo

      Are you always so stupid,or is today a special occasion?

    • Jerry Irwin

      Paul i am a conservative and not a leftist but still can’t stand Christie.

    • 51Phantom

      Hey, give Nagin a break. He had to respond back over his shoulder as he was running away.

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