MANVILLE – Nine river locations have reached or passed record flooding levels, including the Passaic and Ramapo rivers, Gov. Chris Christie told reporters after touring the flood-wrenched Somerset County community.
In Manville, the water levels are at 16.5 feet, or just below record levels.
Six-hundred thousand people still don’t have power, said Christie, including U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) of Lebanon.
“Over the last few days I’ve been saying this, we are not out of the woods yet regarding this storm,” said the governor. “The good news I received from the DEP commissioner is there is just minor beach erosion. Good news. What that should mean to folks is if you are planning to go to the Jersey Shore for the last weekend, there is no reason not to. Get in your cars and go.”
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was in Atlantic City today for the reopening of the casinos.
“Let’s enjoy this last week of summer,” Christie said.
Having just spent time with displaced residents at the VFW Building, the governor said the National Guard provided a much-needed new generator to the shelter in Manville.
“Sometimes government gets things right,” Christie said.
Standing on the bridge at the Dukes Parkway-North Manville Main Street juncture amid the working props of National Guard troop carriers and accompanied by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, national guardsmen and DEP Commissioner Robert Martin, Christie fielded several questions from reporters about federal funding.
These were offerings from those who remembered his rejection of federal funds for the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) monies from the feds.
“I’m willing to consider another tunnel,” he insisted.
Just not the one that was proposed, he said. It was headed for the basement of Macy’s and didn’t benefit New Jersey as much as New York.
He again credited President Barack Obama for the president’s response to the storm.
“The president’s done a very good job,” the governor said.