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Christie Unclear on Whether NJ is Ready for Another Hurricane

Gov. Chris Christie says he’s fearful of what might happen if a hurricane hits New Jersey this year

Superstorm Sandy
Long Branch Township after Superstorm Sandy (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

“Am I fearful? Of course I am, and I think everybody in the state is fearful of another storm coming when we don’t have our defenses now completely rebuilt,” said Christie. “We always knew that our greatest risk was going to be the hurricane season of 2013. We know our greatest risks are in Sept. and Oct.”

Christie made his comments during the August edition of Townsquare Media’s “Ask the Governor” program.

New Jersey is two years removed from fighting through Hurricane Irene and it’s been 10 months since Superstorm Sandy devastated the state.

Christie said a lot of work is still being done with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and dune replenishment. He said the state is prepared to respond to a major weather event, but not yet as resilient as it should be.

“Part of this problem is the delay that congress put into effect in getting us this money,” explained Christie. “Everything is behind where we’d like it to be in large measure because congress waited over 100 days before they finally voted Sandy aid so we’re still paying the price for that.”

Chris Christie in Long Branch
Chris Christie in Long Branch on Aug. 28, 2013 (Tim Larsen, Governor’s Office)

Continuing his week-long series of boardwalk and beach stops along the Jersey Shore, Christie is scheduled to talk tomorrow about the progress made since Sandy by highlighting the re-openings of New Jersey’s many iconic boardwalks, and the steps taken to rebuild them “Board by Board.”

 

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