With Hurricane Sandy poised to make a direct hit on New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday issued a typically blunt warning to those thinking of riding it out in low-lying coastal areas: “Don’t be stupid. Get out.”
The storm was still hundreds of miles away, but was already making its approach known to New Jersey on Sunday with high winds, rough surf and coastal flooding as thousands of people fled to what they hoped would be safer ground.
Christie, who famously urged New Jersey residents last year to “get the h— off the beach” as Hurricane Irene approached, urged residents of the state’s narrow barrier islands to move to higher ground. He predicted the storm would come ashore somewhere between Toms River and Atlantic City.
Sandy was just one component of a massive storm predicted to come together over the eastern third of the U.S., threatening damaging wind, possible record-setting flooding and prolonged power outages. Christie ordered the evacuations of all Atlantic City casinos, and New York City announced it would be shutting down its mass transit system.
Christie on Sunday asked President Barack Obama to issue a pre-landfall emergency declaration that would qualify New Jersey for reimbursement actions it took to get ready for the storm.
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