Governor Christie: Don't Be Stupid, Get Out

Christie and other officials warn residents listen when they are told to leave, and to believe the hype in the forecast.

Governor Chris Christie and National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski may have been speaking from opposite ends of the state, but their message to residents about the power of the impending storm was clear.

"Hurricane Sandy is already the deadliest hurricane of the 2012 season," Szatkowski said. "Please respect its power and heed the advice of local and state officials regarding any evacuations."

Christie, speaking at a press conference in Pompton Lakes regarding the state of emergency (video attached to this story) and severe weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Sandy. a boiled things down even further.

"Don't be stupid, get out," Christie said. "Get out and go to higher, safer ground. I don't know any other way to put it I guess."

Szatkowski, a NWS meteorologist who has been tracking the storm and issuing updates from Mt. Holly said he would rather have people play it safe than be sorry.

"Sandy is an extremely dangerous storm," Szatkowski said. " There will be major property damage, injuries are probably unavoidable, but the goal is zero fatalities."

Szatkowski also had a message to those who believe the storm is over-hyped.

"If you think the storm is over-hyped and exaggerated, please err on the side of caution," Szatkowski said. " You can call me up on Friday and yell at me all you want."

Ojo Rojo October 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The only stupid person I see is the one who is too stupid to accurately characterize what Christie said. That would be you Ridgewood Troll.
tryintosurvive October 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Ridgewood Mom, your response answers that you can't forget the insults to "the other guys" just for these two days. Fortunately others can. How sad for you.
Ridgewood Mom October 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
It seems both Chris Christie and our friend Ojo Rojo disagree with tryintosurvive's proposition of avoiding insults. Let's just hope the governors callous attitude does not effect the way he handles things, adding injury to the insult.
Ridgewood Mom October 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Really?! I looking up, I see no insults at all made by me toward anyone. I see quite a few directed toward me.
XJS October 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Funny but not. I just saw a picture of LBI and the main drag is under water.
XJS October 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
RM- tryintosurvive is asking you not to politicize this thread with your opinions on Christie. Based on the other posts in this thread, the fact that you can't see that astounds many.
Belleville Sentinel October 29, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Governor Corey Booker in 2014!
Joseph Keyes October 29, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I met Mayor Booker last year at an M.C. Dem bash. Listening to him speak, I heard a man with presence, poise, and vision who seems as comfortable with suburban issues as he is with urban ones. I think he will make an excellent Governor and hopefully be able to restore the lost dignity back to the office.
tryintosurvive October 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I have listed 6 below by you Ridgewood Mom. Can't you just give a rest for a few days. Is it really that important to spew insult after insult right now? "... by campaigning out of state." "Good thing he came back, last minute, just before the storm hit." "Lucky thing he could fit it into his busy schedule." "I can't believe this man thinks that he is providing a service to the people of New Jersey, as governor, by calling them "stupid." "...Governor Christie and how he thinks New Jersey residents are stupid." " Let's just hope the governors callous attitude does not effect the way he handles things, adding injury to the insult"
Ridgewood Mom October 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
tryagain, Those are not insults.
XJS October 29, 2012 at 08:01 PM
If she really believes these aren't insults, one can only imagine how charming RM's children must be. . .Wow.
Ridgewood Mom October 29, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Referring to my comments as things that I "spew" is an insult. People are entitled to disagree about things, and to state what and why. But there is a huge difference between attacking the positions of someone you disagree with and attack the person that you disagree with. I recommend you read this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem
XJS October 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Yes RM, your attacks against Chris Christie, for the most part, are ad hominem. Good call.
Ridgewood Mom October 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Let me repeat those strong points of criticism that were in no way legitimate to be interpreted as insults: 1. Governor Christie neglected his responsibilities in preparing adequately for Hurricane Sandy because he was too busy spending his time before the storm campaigning out of state. He only returned last minute, and should have been here much sooner. The situation was clearly not a priority for him. 2. Governor Christie further insulted residents of New Jersey by calling them stupid. In doing so he suggested that a lack of preparedness was the fault of the victim. 3. We can only hope that the governors callous attitude does not effect the way he handles things in the hours ahead and after the storm.
BellairBerdan October 29, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Oh Ridgewood Mom, can't you see this is championing calling people stupid, there is no room for insults here!
Nina October 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
As someone who was on the same plane as Governor Christie when he fled the paralyzing snowstorm right after Christmas in December 2010, leaving the State to fend for itself, I can only say that I agree with Ridgewood Mom. He's not much at governing. And by the way, he had a HUGE smile on his HUGE face as he sat in his first class seat, leaving all the "stupid" suckers behind so he could take his kids to Disney World. What a class act he is!
Ridgewood Mom October 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
XJS, Criticizing someone's children as a personal jab, when they have nothing at all to do with the discussion, is a perfect example of as hominem. So is calling people "stupid."
Alice Jameson October 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Hey Ridgewood Mom, could you do us all a favor and STFU? In the midst of this storm, some of us have more pressing concerns than your hatred of the Governor.
Ojo Rojo October 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I live in Hoboken, drove to and from work today and evacuated my car to high ground around lunch time to well above sea level parking garage in JC. I have seen absolutely no signs that any of the communities I went through were unprepared for today's storm and I reject completely your notion that Christie or the rest of the state were unprepared for today's storm. Plenty of people might be unprepared, but the government seems to have done all it could do ahead of time for the storm.
XJS October 29, 2012 at 08:24 PM
RM- those are a little more thought out. So here's my response: 1. What has been said/done that indicates to you that Christie wasn't prepared? If anything, I think he and Cuomo were very prepared while Bloomberg was lackadaisical. 2. Do you believe it's smart, or even OK, to not heed the warnings of "You may die" and stay on the beach? Or, would you say that it's "BEING STUPID" to ignore the warnings, not take the public transit options when available (or drive out yesterday)? I would say that it's decidedly not smart to "stick it out" after being told that it's going to be bad and you may die. I heard Christie say that twice yesterday during his 2pm (ish) press conference. 3. What's callous about warning people to leave? Giving them directions as to how to do so? Shutting down entire resort towns & the casinos to ensure no one stays behind? Calling a state of emergency so that federal aid can come back to the state & keeping us informed as the situation deteriorates? Serious Questions: What more do you want the governor to do? Is there another politician doing more? At what point does personal responsibility become the issue? Do you think the gov't needs to act like our parents?
Terry October 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
He only had one seat?
tony g2010 October 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Pleeeeease.....Newark is like a war zone. After Obama I think the good people of NJ will not have enough money to even think about electing Booker.
Ridgewood Mom October 29, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I don't hate the governor Alice. I just see that he is not doing a very good job.
tryintosurvive October 29, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Agree with you Alice.
Tammy October 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Ridgewood Mom-While I am not a fan of Governor Christie you are wrong. He did not call ALL NJ residents stupid. He said if you do not leave when you are told to evacuate and while there is assistance in evacuating you ARE stupid. I happen to agree with him. As someone who comes from a family of DPW workers, volunteer firefighters, and volunteer EMT's I strongly resent those who decide to "tough out" the storm and then decide at the storms most dangerous that they need to be rescued putting others at risk. That is the HEIGHT of STUPIDITY and SELFISHNESS.
tony g2010 October 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Mostly liberals, making the government "work for them". "I'll leave when I am damn good and ready". Pick up my Obama phone, snap my fingers and call for my ride. "What took you so long?" Sorry couldn't resist. I have to say RM is getting pretty annoying.
Tammy October 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
tony-just FYI--those government funded phones were around long before President Obama was elected--just keepin' it real.
Ad Astra October 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Ignorance is curable with knowledge. Stupidity is not. Why do you feed the Energy Beast known as Ridgewood Mom? It is obvious she will not let facts interfere with her perception of the truth.
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