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Governor Chris Christie: "If You Think Right Now I Give a Damn About Presidential Politics, Then You Don’t Know Me"

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined Fox and Friends this morning to discuss the cleanup efforts in his state following Hurricane Sandy.

He said that this has been a "devastating storm" and New Jersey "probably took worse than any other state" because the hurricane made landfall there. There is almost no power in the city of Newark because of the tidal surge, and 2.4 million households are without power in total, according to the governor.

Christie believes the worst is over but is keeping an eye out for high tide. He's also hoping to assess the damage by helicopter today.

Specifically in Atlantic City and Cape May where the heart of the storm came in, Christie had warned residents to leave, but the mayor there had a different message.

"My job as governor, first and foremost, is to protect the health and safety of the people of this state and that's why I ordered an evacuation of the Barrier Islands including Atlantic City well ahead of the arrival of the storm. I'm disappointed that that order wasn't completely complied with and I have great sympathy and concern for the people who are still trapped..."

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  • On the question of whether Mitt Romney might go to New Jersey to tour the damage with Governor Christie, he said, "I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I have a job to do in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. I could care less about any of that stuff... If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me."

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