Discussing the Hurricane Sandy recovery in Hoboken, Governor Christie said he gets it and promised his own kind of “gentle persuasion” – to utility companies to get power returned to all of New Jersey’s customers.
Sandy left 2.7 million people across the state without electricity, but the number has since fallen under one million.
Christie said he understood. According to Fox News Insider, he said, “That does not mean a damn thing to you unless your power’s on. I get it…we will not stop working until every last power is on.”
Christie noted that about 4,000 New Jersey residents remained in shelters, and a new facility was being opened, according to washpost.bloomberg.com. Hurricane Sandy killed 24 people in New Jersey.
Transit services have been reduced or suspended, and NJ Transit advised commuters that regular service would be cut in half during rush-hour today, and buses would replace some trains. Christie also said that 800 of 2,400 schools in New Jersey would open Monday.
He also announced that a Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has been formed. You can access it here.
The governor stressed that there was not a fuel shortage in New Jersey, but power outages have kept available fuel at refineries and in pipelines. According to the Los Angeles Times, the National Guard was transporting gas to service centers across the state, and Christie said President Obama promised 22 million more gallons of fuel would be divided between New Jersey and New York.
Regarding Obama, Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal questioned Christie where he was with his endorsement of Mitt Romney after his recent praise of President Obama for his help with New Jersey’s relief efforts.
Gov. Christie responded with more of that “gentle persuasion.”
“This is the kind of silliness that, that really drives me crazy,” he said, according to Fox News Insider. “I don’t understand why telling the president of the United States that he has done a good job when he has done a good job equals an endorsement.”