'This Week' Transcript: Chris Christie and Craig Fugate

CHRISTIE: Well, our last-ditch efforts that I referenced yesterday afternoon got another 100 or so to leave and to evacuate. So now we're dealing with about 500 seniors who refuse to evacuate. And as soon as it's safe to travel there, I know county OEM, Office of Emergency Management, Atlantic County is already checking on these folks to make sure they're OK. They lost power in a number of the buildings as early as 10 o'clock last night. So the county officials in Atlantic County are going to check on those folks. And as soon as we have some reports, we'll be able to share them with the public.

TAPPER: Why do people not leave their homes at times like this?

CHRISTIE: You know, I think it's a combination of things. You know, Jake, New Jerseyans are especially tough, kind of cynical, hard-edged folks, and they think the "cry wolf" syndrome, you know, it's all over TV, but it's never as bad as they're telling you it will be, that's one of the reasons. Another reason is that people are very scared, they want to protect their property. And thirdly, especially with the elderly, you know, we had one 92-year-old woman say to us yesterday, "I'm 92 years old. If I die, this is where I want to die." And so I think it's a combination of all those things that make people not heed the warnings. But the good news is that we evaluated over a million people from the Jersey shore in 24 hours without incident. And if those people had stayed at the Jersey shore, I think we'd be talking about significant loss of life. And now, hopefully, we're not going to be talking about that.

TAPPER: All right. Governor Chris Christie, thanks for joining us. Stay safe.

CHRISTIE: Jake, thank you very much for having me.

TAPPER: Joining us now, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. He's monitoring the storm from FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Administrator Fugate, thanks for joining us.

FUGATE: Good morning.

TAPPER: So what is your biggest concern right now? What is the worst-case scenario that you are worried about?

FUGATE: Still watching to see if we get a lot of flooding up in New York and Manhattan. And then the other thing I think we're seeing a lot of us is, as you know, is power outages across an area from the Carolinas all the way up, now moving into the New England states.

TAPPER: And how do you plan on dealing with a worst-case scenario when it comes to flooding in New York?

FUGATE: Well, I think the mayor's team did that. You know, local officials and Mayor Bloomberg ordered those evacuations. Like we've told people, you cannot prevent the damages from these storms when they're -- you know, come in, but we can minimize risks of loss of life and safety. And then as soon as that happens and, you know, that water moves back out, then we'll start working with the states and the local officials about what kind of damages and what kind of repairs need to take place.

TAPPER: What's your advice for people in the path of the storm right now? And what's your advice for the people who have already borne the brunt of the storm?

FUGATE: Pretty much the same thing, is stay inside. Particularly during the storm, you don't want to be outside. Around high-rises, we're a little concerned. We don't have reports of this, but, you know, we may have an occasional window or some debris blow off, and you don't want to be outside and have something like that happen.

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