Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is just one of the latest politicians this election season to set aside partisan politics in the face of the disastrous Hurricane Sandy hitting the east coast of the United States.
“I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president. He has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area. I was on the phone with FEMA at 2 a.m. this morning to answer the questions they needed answered to get that designation. The president has been outstanding in this. The folks at FEMA and his folks have been excellent.”
As far as the damage goes, Christie doesn’t mince words about how much damage there is and how much it will cost to clean up.
“The losses are going to be almost incalculable … [but] we have to afford it,” says Christie. “The fact of the matter is I think we’re going to get significant federal assistance on this. The major disaster declaration last night by the president is incredibly helpful in that regard.”
And Governor Christie knows that right now, the clean-up isn’t priority no. 1.
“The first thing we gotta be concerned about is minimizing loss of life, saving the people who need to be saved and then we’ll move from there. New Jersey’s a tough place, we’ll recover from this,” he says.
Both President Obama and Governor Romney have cancelled several days’ worth of presidential race events in order to shift focus on this disaster that has left millions without power, massive flooding in its wake and even a few deaths, though considering the severity of the storm, the death toll is remarkably small.