Gov. Chris Christie says the devastation at the New Jersey shore is "unthinkable."

Waves break next to an apartment building which flooded from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Christie says the first priority for officials is to try to rescue those still stranded by floodwaters on barrier islands and elsewhere.

He says the full extent of damage will not be known for another day or two.

He says parts of amusement piers at Seaside Heights have washed into the Atlantic Ocean, railroad bridges are badly damaged, train tracks on the North Jersey Coast line have been swept away, rail cars were carried by floodwaters onto the New Jersey Turnpike and homes were swept off their foundations in Ocean County.

Christie is asking private employers statewide to let workers stay home Tuesday as road crews can begin to clear.

 

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