Nightly News | August 26, 2011
>> pleasant beach, a place on this shoreline that any veteran of this shoreline knows well. and to look at it tonight, it is an otherwise beautiful late summer evening, we have got guys out here on jet skis and families with small children padding around in the tidal pools, but the problem is, these looks don't count for anything because it's about to go south in a big hurry and with us now, the man in charge of emergency preparation and dealing with all of this on behalf of his state, governor of new jersey chris christ christie, governor, do you feel that your warnings and some of them have been very full throated as late as this afternoon, have been heeded? i, for example, can't remember when the garden state park way is heading one direction, the contra flow is under way tonight, starting at about this point in the state going north.
>> you know, brian, listen, i think that we still have work to do in getting folks to heed the warning. you know, new jerseyans are tough and they're hard edged and they think they have seen it all before. but they haven't seen anything like this in 60 years, brian. so i'm going to continue to say to the folks especially along the jersey shore where you are tonight, tonight is the night to get out. the storm is going to hit here tomorrow and it's going to hit with great force if all the predictions are correct, and we need to preserve human life at all costs. so we need people get off the jersey shore .
>> and governor, the place where you were vacationing with your family, long beach island, as you know, cut in half in 1944 , a lot of the towns up and down this shoreline, that you and i are very familiar with having grown up here have seen huge damage over the years. do you really think we're talking about three to six foot standing water above street level and communities cut off with this storm?
>> brican, that's what we're hearing from the national weather service , the predictions we're getting is three to seven-foot storm surge . we're talking about an already very, very wet last couple of weeks of august that we have had, which is going to make conditions even more difficult. a lot of rain yesterday, a lot of rain about a week ago. and so, yeah, we're very concerned about it and we know that folks have seen a lot in new jersey before but if this storm turns out to come onshore the way it's predicted, this is something we haven't seen in my life or yours here in new jersey.
>> how are you on the supply chain not to get too local, but my local gulf station ran out of gas. and when you see those big signs and cones at the pumps, that makes your heart skip a beat a little bit when your job is to get west, or get north, but get out of here.
>> listen, we're working very closely with the fuel hemerchants association of new jersey to make sure that we get fuel to all the people on the shore so they can get to that higher ground. with few exceptions, those things will be taken care of, some will be taken care of tomorrow morning . we're closing these places off and not letting traffic in except for emergency vehicles and we consider those fuel vehicles emergency vehicles . so there will continue to be fuel deliveries to the jersey shore up until tomorrow afternoon so that we can get folks gasoline so they can get off. but if they have enough to get off the barrier islands , they're going to find plenty of gas stations up and operating on the main land here as well.
>> governor, i'm sure we're going to ask to talk to you as you deal with this storm over the next few days, but good luck in dealing with the huge area of real estate along the shore of new jersey. governor chris christie , thank you very much for being with us.
>> thank you and good luck to you and your family as well.