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Christie: "Get The Hell Off The Beaches In Asbury Park''

Governor pleads for people to leave barrier islands and beaches

Gov. Chris Christie announced today the mandatory evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people from the Jersey Shore area ahead of Hurricane Irene.

Christie listed mandatory evacuations in dozens of communities from Cape May through upper Monmouth County, affecting thousands along the shore.

In Monmouth County, mandatory evacuations include portions of Keansburg, Spring Lake, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Asbury Park, Wall Township and Manasquan, Christie said.

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Christie said Wall Township was under a mandatory evacuation. But Police Chief Robert Brice said Christie was incorrect. , Brice said.

Christie implored residents in affected areas to get out of town tonight.

"Get the hell off the beaches in Asbury Park,'' Christie said. "It's 4:30 p.m. You've maximized your tan. Get off the beaches and get into your cars.''

Christie also said about 5,000 people could be accommodated at three emergency shelters to be set up in Monmouth County (), but asked that people make other arrangements before considering one.

"Shelters are places of last resort,'' Christie said. "Do not go to a center because it's close to your house and driving to a friends' house would take an hour.''

Christie repeated a plea to residents on barrier islands to get out of their homes and seek shelter in a safer place.

"I don't want you people on the barrier islands waiting until tomorrow to leave,'' he said. "I want you to leave tonight.''

Christie's remarks follow a 12:15 p.m. news conference where he , among other closures ahead of Hurricane Irene.

disgusted homeowner August 28, 2011 at 08:38 PM
@BN, you;re a pet hater but you love the beach and your tan. Just admit it you're upset the gov told you to get off the beach early. Even though you sneak on regularly without a beach badge right?????
disgusted homeowner August 28, 2011 at 08:40 PM
@scarletg, you must be related to the gov or scarlet o'hara with a name like that. Boooo on you tooo!!!
scarletg August 28, 2011 at 09:31 PM
@ Kathleen: as long as you realize your comments were rude as well. @disgusted homeowner: thanks for adding a classy, intelligent comment to the discussion. you must be very proud.
Kathleen Burns McGrogan August 28, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Scarletg I do admit some of my comments were rude, but I do still feel as a public figure he needs to use a little restraint to his sarcasm, he does not need to come off sounding like Mr. Tough Guy , I realize he is only human but I think when you are in the spotlight so to speak you need to conduct yourself better and not talk down to people as if they were stupid. If they had been told there was a certain time to be off the beach and did not heed the warning then I could understand it but from what I could see it was the first time. I just get a little hot headed when something hits me like that. Hope you weathered the storm okay I have been in touch with all friends and family up there and thank God they are all fine and no loss of property or anything,.
Charles Clark September 19, 2011 at 01:24 PM
I disagree, Many NJ individuals need to be told in this way because they don't listen. They laugh everything off and more than half don't pay attention and the other half is not to bright at least to me.

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