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HURRICANE SANDY: Christie on A.C. Mayor: That's Not Leadership

Christie questions Langford's decision to tell residents to stay in violation of Christie's orders.

Gov. Chris Christie questioned Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford's statement that went against his orders in telling Atlantic City residents to stay where they were, even after Christie emphasised the need to evacuate the city.

Christie made the statement during a press conference Monday night, Oct. 29, in Ewing, Mercer County.

"Mayor Langford told them to stay at shelters in the city and now they're stuck," Christie said during the news conference. "... Despite my admonition, he gave them comfort to stay."

Atlantic City residents who stayed behind were stuck in a shelter as Hurricane Sandy was making landfall Monday night. Earlier in the day, Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management officials called all first responders off the street for safety concerns.

He went on to say there were some residents who were angry they were told to evacuate during Hurricane Irene, but continued to question Langford.

"He said he didn't want his people leaving Atlantic City," Christie said of Langford when asked by a reporter. "All I know is I read him telling his constituents to stay.

"Now I have emergency personnel risking their lives because Mayor Langford was concerned people were mad. That's not leadership."

During the conference, Christie stated Pres. Barack Obama said to "contact him directly" if there he needed any federal aid he felt he wasn't getting.

"That's leadership I can appreciate," Christie said.

Christie warned those still on the barrier islands not to try to evacuate at this point. According to the Press of Atlantic City, 135 people were still in Atlantic City shelters late Monday afternoon.

"Get to the highest point possible," Christie said. "I'm very disappointed some decided to disobey my order and in government officials who told them to directly disobey my orders. It's going to cost people over the next several hours."

He reiterated to those watching him Monday night to "please stay home."

"Stay safe, keep your children close, and we will continue to work hard to make sure as many people in New Jersey are safe."

He added 42 roads throughout the state are closed.

Mary October 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Proud to be under Governor Christine's Leadership!
PCMuse October 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I heard exactly what the Mayor said live on CNN and its nit what Mr. Christie is claiming. The Mayor was asked, what about those people who didn't heed the warnings to leave? He advised them (the fools who didn't leave when 1st advised) that it would be safer for them to stay put because it was too dangerous for them to try and leave. In addition they would be jeopardising the lives if the 1st responders. So Christie is a liar and has a personal beef with the Mayor. And as usual Christie showed poor taste to use this crisis as an inappropriate time to lash out at the Mayor!!
Andrea October 30, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I think it's poor leadership to be in the middle of a crisis and lashing out at another official. That's not leadership!! That's ego-driven lack of tact and doesn't convey calm command amidst a crisis. He can wait until afterwards to throw stones, or not at all because its childish. But he should check facts and get all perspectives first.
Samantha Siang November 01, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Once again, the bully from Trenton, is playing politics. Hey, gov, go back and have one of your many highly paid aides to get a copy of the CNN tape and then you can issue an apology to Mayor Langford. And, for the hundreds of Atlantic City residents who did evacuate, stop playing politics with these people's lives and let them back onto Absecon Island!
Samantha Siang November 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Not me; Christie is a politican animal. I was surprised to hear him say nice things about the President. Wonder if the governor signed the tax pledge that our state's congressmen signed? Truth is, Christie has failed the people of NJ once again and if the Democrats can get Mayor Booker from Newark to run against him next time around, Christie will be a another one-term governor. You can bet on it!

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