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Published on Jan 9, 2013
(transcript below) Governor Christie: This morning I formally declared a state of emergency. We should not underestimate the impact of the storm, and we should not assume the predictions will be wrong.
Landfall on the Jersey coast, heavy rains, strong winds.
Tides will rise.
Severe coastal flooding.
Governor Christie: I want your families to be safe, and I want us to be able to do our jobs the right way. Don't be stupid. Get out.
Governor Christie: Let me start with I just never thought I would see what I saw today, ever. In Avalon and Seaside Heights...
They're gone. They're both gone.
Governor Christie: Long Beach Island...
It's not going to be the same.
Governor Christie: It's a sight of devastation as if there had been a bombing there.
I don't know where to go. I don't know what to do.
Governor Christie: For kids across New Jersey, I want to promise you, there's nothing to be scared of. The adults are here and we're in charge.
Governor Christie: Today was a bit of a day of sorrow. It's appropriate to feel it. We need to feel it and take it in. There's nothing wrong with that. As long as sorrow does not displace resilience then we'll be just fine.
Governor Christie: This state is full of tough, gritty, no-nonsense, emotional people.
We're distributing food and donated my truck with the product for the cleanup.
There's going to be a lot of rebuilding.
A lot of hours.
We'll be back.
Governor Christie: Absolutely.
Governor Christie: I'm uplifted by the people I meet every day. Their kind words, their emotions, are the things that keep all of us going. The rest of the country has gotten to learn exactly what I already know, that the people of this state are among the toughest anywhere in the United States.
The fire department and the police department and the EMS did a heck of a job.
We are safe thank God. That's the main thing.
Welcome to the neighborhood.
Thank you very much.
Governor Christie: There is no looking back, and we're going to move forward, with hope and with optimism and with determination. Nobody's leaving the state, because what they understand now more than they may have understood before is that this state is a family, and when we have difficult moments like this we pull together like a family.