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FOR A RIDE  Waves washed over a destroyed roller coaster in Seaside Heights, N.J., Wednesday. Parts of New Jersey sustained massive damage from Sandy. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)

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FOR A RIDE  Waves washed over a destroyed roller coaster in Seaside Heights, N.J., Wednesday. Parts of New Jersey sustained massive damage from Sandy. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)


kileyrae:

“I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power. I’ve got devastation on the shore. I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don’t know me.”

— New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

h/t cassiekeepsgoing

(Source: The Huffington Post)

The federal government’s response has been great. I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president, personally, he has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area… Last night, I was on the phone with FEMA at 2 a.m. this morning to answer the questions they needed answered to get that designation and the president has been outstanding in this. The folks at FEMA, [Administrator] Craig Fugate and his folks have been excellent.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in an interview with NBC on the federal government’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

In a separate interview with MSNBC’ “Morning Joe,” Christie added to the praise, saying that “the president has been all over this and deserves great credit.”

“He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything,” he added.

(via kileyrae)

(Source: thehill.com, via kileyrae)

A Big Storm Requires Big Government - NYTimes.com

Over the last two years, Congressional Republicans have forced a 43 percent reduction in the primary FEMA grants that pay for disaster preparedness. Representatives Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and other House Republicans have repeatedly tried to refuse FEMA’s budget requests when disasters are more expensive than predicted, or have demanded that other valuable programs be cut to pay for them. The Ryan budget, which Mr. Romney praised as “an excellent piece of work,” would result in severe cutbacks to the agency, as would the Republican-instigated sequester, which would cut disaster relief by 8.2 percent on top of earlier reductions.

(Source: apsies)