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Published on Aug 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene Press Conference: August 26, 2011. (Transcript Below)
Governor Christie: Again at 8:00 tonight the Garden State Parkway will close southbound from Exit 98 south to be used exclusively then for emergency vehicles and if tomorrow we need to set up contraflow on the Garden State Parkway to continue the orderly evacuation of folks from the Shore region in those counties that I discussed earlier. So to folks again—you know, I saw some of these news feeds that I've been watching upstairs of people sitting on the beach in Asbury Park. Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park and get out. You're done. It's 4:30. You've maximized your tan. Get off the beach. Get in your cars and get out of those areas. You know, it amazes me that you have responsible elected officials from North Carolina north through Massachusetts along with National Weather Service folks telling you that this is going to be an enormous storm and for New Jersey something that we haven't seen in over 60 years. Do not waste any more time working on your tan. Get off the beach, get out of your beach houses and get to safer ground either in your own homes if this is a vacation home or rental for you. If it's your primary residence get with friends or relatives or coworkers and be housed there.