Gov. Chris Christie said the storm came onshore between Cape May and Atlantic counties three to six hours before expected, and hit land farther south than experts anticipated.
“You’re going to have extensive winds and rains through the night,” Christie said on 101.5’s “Ask the Governor.” “By tomorrow afternoon we might be able to get up in helicopters to see what we’re dealing with.”
700,000 residents are currently without power in the state.
Christie urged private employers and workers to take one more day at home.
“Power outages are going to be significant,” said the governor.
Reiterating his personal conversation earlier today with President Barack Obama, Christie described the president as “very engaged.”
“He gave me his personal numbers and told me to call him (if New Jersey needs any help),” Christie said.
The governor continued to express dismay over the actions of Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford, who Christie said contradicted Christie’s order he signed Saturday to evacuate Atlantic City.