The disturbing images of tornado-ravaged Oklahoma towns have reignited some memories of the devastation in New Jersey immediately following Superstorm Sandy.

Over the nearly seven months since Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has seen plenty of heartache, but he has also seen a fair share of progress.

Governor Chris Christie (Tim Larsen/Governor's Office)

"What I'd say to the people of Oklahoma is, 'Be strong and have faith,'" Christie said. "It's not going to be easy. It's difficult, and for people who have lost their homes completely, it's devastating."

Like folks in New Jersey late last year, Oklahoma residents are staring at debris lining the streets, families with no real place to call home, and billions of dollars in damage.

Christie has been in frequent contact with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, offering physical resources and advice. The two are members of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association.

Flags at all New Jersey state buildings were flown at half-staff this week to mourn the dozens of tornado casualties.

United States Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe of Oklahoma were among the 36 senators who voted against $60 billion in Sandy aid earlier this year. Still, Christie has urged every member of the New Jersey's congressional delegation to get behind any amount of proposed aid for Oklahoma tornado victims.

"This is not a time for political retribution," Christie said. "Two wrongs don't make a right."


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