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Christie On LBI: 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 during a press conference at Long Beach Island Wednesday.

“We may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that,” Christie said.

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.

Rick November 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Glad I could help John. BTW, they are NOT powering up LBI at this point. And the nor'easter turned out to be a dud compared to what it could have been. OSHA regs prohibit using bucket trucks if the wind is over 40 miles an hour. (That last tidbit has been on the radio & TV for the past week.)
John Eric Mangino November 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Funny I was on Long Beach Island first day the allowed residents Back Ship Bottom had power alot the island had power . Because they shut the gas Supply off to the whole Island . Tomorrow Island Is open to residents only and A 11:00 Pm curfew will be in effect .http://www.lbieoc.org/
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Bonnie Winters Akey November 16, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I'm not certain what any of the above comments from washed ashore have to do with our circumstances in Monmouth County. Isn't it simply a good thing that Pres. Obama and Gov. Christie are doing a good job together?
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