We're joined by governor chris christie of new jersey. Give us the latest on the situation in bergen county. We're in the midst to do the rescues. It was not a dam or a levee. It was just a berm. The... See More
We're joined by governor chris christie of new jersey. Give us the latest on the situation in bergen county. We're in the midst to do the rescues. It was not a dam or a levee. It was just a berm. The tidal surge that came up the bay and newark bay, caused that to overflow. Obviously, we have lots of people waiting to be reese cscued. That rescue started during the night. What's your biggest concern across the state right now? It's hard to tell. We haven't had daylight to assess all of the damage. We have a battered jersey shore. We have cities without power because of flooding at the newark bay area. We have 2.4 million people without power across the state. This is a major disaster. We're trying to save as many lives as possible. With an urban search and rescue teams on the shore and in berten county. We have over 200 state roads closed. This is a significant storm. We've seen the boardwalk sustaining so much damage. We ordered the evacuation of atlantic city and the barrier islands. The jersey shore took a beating. That's where the storm came on. New jersey took it worse than any place, I think. And we're dealing with it now. We're digging out from under. I know you spoke with president obama late in the night. What did he tell you? He called me last night around midnight, again, to ask what else could be done. And what we did last night, he was able to move forward very quickly with a major disaster declaration for new jersey. He worked on that last night with me. Offered any other assets we need for help. I have to say, the administration, the president himself, and fema administrator, craig fugate, have been outstanding with us so far. We have a great partnership with them. And I want to thank the president personally, for his personal attention to this. And you're assessing the damage this morning. Rescues continue. But this is going to take weeks to clean up. There's no question. It will take weeks to clean up. In new jersey, stay home today. And private businesses, unless you have a safe way to get your employees to your place, you should give them the day off. Hang in there, governor christie. Thanks for your time this morning. George, thank you very much.
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