POINT PLEASANT, New Jersey – The blizzard arrived early and forcefully, causing meteorologists to double snowfall predictions in the Northeast, but Governor Christie says New Jersey was prepared.
“We dodged a bit of a bullet,” the governor said, emphasizing that coastal flooding remains a threat Saturday afternoon.
He also implored people to “stay off the roads” to allow plows to work. Christie said he saw unplowed roads blocked by stalled cars keeping plow drivers from passing.
“Tomorrow’s going to be good weather and we want people to be able to move around our state tomorrow,” Christie said. “Everybody who doesn’t need to be out, stay home.”
Christie said Saturday morning that 90,000 people were without power and several seaside towns temporarily flooded with the rising tide, but no injuries were reported. Union Beach police put out a voluntary evacuation order for anyone in flood-prone areas Saturday afternoon ahead of the 7:30 p.m. high tide.
Christie, who was campaigning in New Hampshire before the blizzard, returned to his home state just a day before the storm. While he says he was in touch with officials and was in close contact with advisors, he was blasted on social media for a perceived misstep.