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Sandy Spat: Langford Responds to Christie Remarks on CNN

In a Monday evening press conference, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fumed about Atlantic City's mayor with regard to evacuation orders in relation to Hurricane Sandy in the resort. On Tuesday, Mayor Langford responded.

By Jeff Schwachter
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NJ Gov. Chris Christie speaking with Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford in July 2010

Photo by Donald B. Kravitz

THURSDAY: Mayor Langford on CNN, accuses Gov. Christie of 'double standard,' watch video from CNN below:

 

TUESDAY UPDATE: Mayor Langford Responds to Christie's Remarks

 

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made waves in relation to his comments about Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford during a 5:30pm (EST) press conference related to the state of New Jersey and Hurricane Sandy.

Politico and dozens of other national media outlets have been posting stories (some with video) on the spat and Twitter has been all aflutter with tweets defending both sides, with some wondering why the governor would have a public spat with one of the state's mayors during a state of emergency and others wondering why Langford didn't heed the governor's orders.

Christie's comments were in relation to Sunday's mandatory evacuation orders, by 4pm, and several residents still sheltered in the city, some he said, in flooded dwellings.

“Despite my admonition to evacuate, he gave them comfort for some reason to stay,” Christie said.

Christie spoke for a while on the subject, adding that there are still “a large number of people” in Atlantic City, “and at this juncture there’s no other way for us to go in and get them. They’re going to have to ride out the storm there until at least 7 o’clock tomorrow morning.

He added: “I cannot in good conscience send rescuers in as the storm is about to hit in the next hour, nor can I send them in in the dark given all the various hazards that would occur potentially for them."

“So for those of you who are on the barrier islands who decided it was better idea to wait this out than to evacuate, and for those elected officials who decided to ignore my admonition, this is now your responsibility,” the governor also said.

“We will not be able to come and help you until daylight tomorrow.”

Politico writes that "Christie described Langford’s stance this way: 'He said he didn’t want his people leaving Atlantic City.'"

Langford told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday: “We want our residents to take every precaution to get out to town if they can. If they can’t or won’t, then at least go to a shelter.”

“I don’t have a feud with the guy, but I wish he’d do his job,” Christie said at the news conference, in which Politico reports Christie called Langford a “rogue mayor.”

The Atlantic City mayor and Gov. Christie have been at odds over the past two years regarding several facets of the city, including Christie's imposed Tourism District within the resort town (see related stories at right).

TUESDAY UPDATE: Mayor Langford Resonds to Christie's Remarks


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Tuesday's responses and national media coverage on Sandy and Atlantic City.

Past Spats (click on past AC Weekly headlines:

 

Mayor Langford to Gov. Christie: Don't Leave Atlantic City Out of the State's Plans for the Resort — or Else.

Mayor Langford to Gov. Christie: 'There's a Communication Breakdown'

Mayor Langford Still Unsettled About Atlantic City's Tourism District

 

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1. Barbara said... on Oct 30, 2012 at 08:44AM

“Good for you Christie, love your no nonsense press conferences!”

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2. Darrell said... on Oct 30, 2012 at 09:58AM

“Christie is full of it. Here is evidence to prove he's come down with a case of "Romnesia":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rYyynK4jHI”

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3. Mac said... on Oct 30, 2012 at 01:15PM

“Just like New Orleans this mayor said evacuate "or go to a city shelter". Once you give people a message like that, many will say "we don't have to leave the city", and you end up with people in a city shelter without power or running water. Hopefully the people in Atlantic City were not as dumb as the people of New Orleans. Maybe the mayor did not intend to send mixed signals, but that is exactly what he did.”

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4. Berat said... on Nov 1, 2012 at 04:30PM

“Chris Christie did the best due the hurricane Sandy.No matter if he's blue or red, this is the case when residents need locals, state and federals for any assistance.
Just he did the mistake that he said "Get the hell out there" instead "Get the fck out there".
Thumb up for all people who helped somehow.”

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