October 30th, 2012
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Jersey joust: Atlantic City mayor hits back at Gov. Christie

(CNN) - Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford on Tuesday swung back at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent jabs suggesting the mayor failed to enforce state-issued evacuation orders ahead of Superstorm Sandy.

"The governor is just wrong–he's dead wrong," Langford said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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During a press conference Monday, Christie argued the mayor was not getting people out of the Jersey shore town. Tuesday morning, he slightly walked back his comments, saying the mayor was "sending a mixed message."

"He told folks that they could shelter as a last resort in the city of Atlantic City. A number of people chose to do so. That was the wrong thing to do," the Republican governor said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

Langford, however, took issue with Christie's characterization of the mayor's directions. The Democratic mayor said he held two press conferences and put out press releases in the days before the storm, urging residents to leave.

"Despite our best efforts to have 100% of our people heed that message, sometimes you're always going to have those, who for whatever reason, decide not to heed the message," he said. "We thought it would be prudent to have a shelter of last resort for those people who did not listen."

While New Jersey bore the brunt of the storm and Atlantic City especially suffered extensive physical damage, Langford said he was "happy to report" that "on the human side, all is well."

The mayor added he hadn't spoken with Christie about the recent spat.

"I think it is the governor's responsibility to call me. He's the one that put out the misinformation. He made a mistake. And he ought to be man enough to own up to it," Langford said.

In 2010, Christie pushed for a state takeover of some of Atlantic City's gambling and tourism industries–an agreement that was ultimately reached in October of that year.

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses Superstorm Sandy’s impact on the state.

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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine


    PhllyPhan. Obama is on top of this because Christie in NJ has everything under control and Bloomberg asked him not to come to NYC. Give me a break! Sandy was no Katrina...not even close. Obama circles this disaster like a vulture on carrion, waiting for the opportunity to read a teleprompter and take sole credit for fixing everything and deflecting the storm. Your bias is galling!
    No, your bias is gallling. Billions in damage, hundreds of thousands without power, and you are trying to rewrite the narrative to suit your world view? Pathetic.

    October 31, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Richard in Houston

    This is the governor covering his rear-end. If things go really bad and there is a large loss of life he can point his finger and say see I told you.

    October 31, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. PhllyPhan

    So while Obama is now assessing the worst damaged areas, where is Romney? Campaigning in Florida! The damage Sandy inflicted will come pretty close to Katrina in dollars.

    October 31, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. deeceeuci


    So since this didn't become a huge national debacle Obama had nothing to do with this and it's all someone else doing that things were organized so well.

    If it didn't it would have all been Obama's fault I'm sure. Where is the reason and logic?

    He can't win for trying.
    He can't win for doing.
    He's wrong whenever something negative happens.
    And it's never his credit when something good happens.

    How can I, or anyone with at least one brain cell, take many of you conservatives seriously when your bias trumps all logic and reason?

    October 31, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. DENNA

    @ Independent: Romney isn't trying to help. He is trying to avoid being forgotten in this horrible tragedy. He is afraid of becoming invisible just days before the election. Think Lyan Ryan and his family washing and drying empty pots at a homeless shelter. President Obama is doing his job, and doing it well.

    October 31, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Guest AGAIN

    FEMA doesnt have enough money to clean up after a devastating Obama presidency!

    October 31, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. derp

    "easy to go in after it's all dry and the powers back on'

    Except that it's not dry here yet and the power is not back on. There are still thousands of square miles that are flooded. And millions of people who have not gotten power back yet.

    I give Christie and Obama a lot of credit for putting politics aside and working the get things back in order here.

    October 31, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Do you honestly think someone who just had their home destroyed, or realizing that a loved one is gone, cares anything about our leaders? No, they don't. They need help and assistance,
    Yes I do honestly think that people that have suffered loss of this magnitude could appreciate and embrace the fact that THEIR leaders: President, Governor, Mayor etc are ALL working TOGETHER to bring them some relief, assistance as quickly as possible without letting the partisan bs get in the way of doing so.
    No one can resuscitate the dead but much can be done by those in charge to provide much needed relief if they make up their minds to put people first and work together.
    Do not undermine the power of the POSITIVE.

    October 31, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. AzDem

    I think America is showing it's true colors! We have not gotten over racism! They have hated the POTUS since day one! Romney has lied over and over. Regardless of Romney being proved a liar...people still will vote for him to get the black man out of office. What a shame!

    October 31, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. cbp

    It is too bad that the Governor had to call out the Mayor of Atlantic City. They were in the middle of a very strong and damaging hurricane and politics should be left behind. They need each other right now to get NJ up and running.

    The blame game does not help any situation particularly one as serious as teh ramifications of "Sandy."

    October 31, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Larry in Houston
    Thank you Larry. I also enjoy reading your posts.
    I too voted this wet weekend . The lines were around the building and down a couple of blocks!
    My sense from talking to folks on line whiling away the wait is that people are quietly determined to find out if the Presidency can be bought by the few in spite of the many. One. Two: people appreciate and truly care about what this President has done, and they care about HIM as a person.
    They, We are stepping up to the plate to have his back. Wow!

    October 31, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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