Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Christie To Tornado Victims: Be Strong [VIDEO/AUDIO]

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 Christie
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.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

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.”

Governor’s Office

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.