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Christie Slams Atlantic City Mayor For Telling People To Stay

Christie questions Langford's decision to tell residents to stay in direct conflict with Christie's orders.

Gov. Christie hammered Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford's advice that Atlantic City residents to stay where they were even after Christie emphasized the need to evacuate the city.

"Mayor Langford told them to stay at shelters in the city and now they're stuck," Christie said during the a Monday night 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 President 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.

"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.

hrhppg October 30, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Oh so lip service as in we can't trust a word Christie says - even all those nice things about Romney ? Thanks for clarifying that tony g2010.
Maryjayne M October 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Wow. I wish every person who commented here would go back and re-read their posts. No intelligent conversation happening here, just low class mud slinging. It makes the residents of our state appear to be uneducated thugs.
Elmo October 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Don't worry Obama The Cluster-Duck will take care of it. Just like he solved Benghazi.
Elmo October 30, 2012 at 05:33 PM
NoPower NoBrain......
Joseph Keyes October 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Handling disaster information is a tough job but also a bellwether moment for any elected official, and you have to give Governor Christie credit for his presence and empathy shown during this storm. I believe the importance of government becomes clear during such events. Those of us who weathered the storm well need to understand that those who didn’t need the vital assistance that our local, state, and national government provide.

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