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Governor Christie: Don't Be Stupid, Get Out

Christie and other officials warn residents listen when they are told to leave, and to believe the hype in the forecast.

Governor Chris Christie and National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski may have been speaking from opposite ends of the state, but their message to residents about the power of the impending storm was clear.

"Hurricane Sandy is already the deadliest hurricane of the 2012 season," Szatkowski said. "Please respect its power and heed the advice of local and state officials regarding any evacuations."

Christie, speaking at a press conference in Pompton Lakes regarding the state of emergency (video attached to this story) and severe weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Sandy. a boiled things down even further.

"Don't be stupid, get out," Christie said. "Get out and go to higher, safer ground. I don't know any other way to put it I guess."

Szatkowski, a NWS meteorologist who has been tracking the storm and issuing updates from Mt. Holly said he would rather have people play it safe than be sorry.

"Sandy is an extremely dangerous storm," Szatkowski said. " There will be major property damage, injuries are probably unavoidable, but the goal is zero fatalities."

Szatkowski also had a message to those who believe the storm is over-hyped.

"If you think the storm is over-hyped and exaggerated, please err on the side of caution," Szatkowski said. " You can call me up on Friday and yell at me all you want."

tony g2010 October 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Mostly liberals, making the government "work for them". "I'll leave when I am damn good and ready". Pick up my Obama phone, snap my fingers and call for my ride. "What took you so long?" Sorry couldn't resist. I have to say RM is getting pretty annoying.
Tammy October 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
tony-just FYI--those government funded phones were around long before President Obama was elected--just keepin' it real.
Ad Astra October 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Ignorance is curable with knowledge. Stupidity is not. Why do you feed the Energy Beast known as Ridgewood Mom? It is obvious she will not let facts interfere with her perception of the truth.
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