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Christie In Manahawkin: 'This Is Where I Intend To Spend The Rest Of My Life'

In Manahawkin, the governor makes first public appearance since 'Bridgegate' scandal broke

He may want to work in Washington D.C., but does Gov. Chris Christie really want to move out of New Jersey?

Christie made his first public appearance since the "Bridgegate" lane-closure scandal broke last week, appearing in Manahawkin Thursday to announce an $817 million housing recovery program in one of the communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

But the governor, who many have cast as a potential Republican nominee for president in 2016, also spoke of his affection of New Jersey and told the gathering that: "This is where I intend to spend the rest of my life."

Christie abruptly cancelled the same event last week - with less than 20 minutes notice - after the "Bridgegate" story broke.


Sean Conneamhe January 16, 2014 at 01:18 PM
"The bigger they are, the harder they fall..."
Andy Pat January 16, 2014 at 01:58 PM
"stuck in the swamps of jersey"
Mac January 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM
don't worry Andy Pat - the Ciba-Geigy unground filter system generator that burnt out in Seaside Park is being repaired in the South Toms River political kneepad warehouse and will soon be greased up enough to reclaim all of our backed-up swamp waste and get it flowing back in its traditional boardwalk showcase - we will be forever indebted to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office for expediting this matter in our time of need
John B Taxpayer January 16, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Staying in NJ but not by choice!
Mortimer Snerd January 16, 2014 at 02:59 PM
He won't get to DC. Dropped 13 points behind Hillary in just a week. NJ shouldn't have to put up with his BS for 4 more years, either. IMPEACH HIM.
nan January 16, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Just how do the previous posts help the situation? People lament the loss of Danny Nee as a Brick reporter. Maybe if there were conversations and not backbiting comments he might still be here. Or bette yet how about posters reporting without their own agenda. I guess you are all to young to know the words of Sgt Joe Friday on Dragnet, "Just the facts."
Mac January 16, 2014 at 03:05 PM
@John B - I think you're T-shirt slogan will outsell the stronger than the Seaside Sting T-shirts - @Mortimer S. - be careful what you wish for - the first NJ politician with more integrity than Christie please stand up - perhaps we can put out a 13-state alarm
Mac January 16, 2014 at 03:16 PM
@Nan - this is Christie World - 'just the facts' went out with black and white television
bayway mike January 16, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Realtors in the Manahawkin-Stafford area can't wait for all of the "For Sale" signs to pop-up when that Fat-Tub-of-Goo moves in...
JFTR January 16, 2014 at 03:57 PM
This goes to all the armchair quarterbacks, malcontents, know-it-alls: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Mortimer Snerd January 16, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Comments have nothing to do with Nee's departure, except maybe they show that people are reading Patch and thinking/participating sufficiently to take the time and effort to comment. "Live" people means income for Patch from its advertisers. However, facts (news) would draw more readers. We're not getting much news any more.
Mac January 16, 2014 at 04:36 PM
@JFTR - are you the 'suz' alter-ego by any chance? - not only was Theodore Roosevelt a bit more humble than Chris Christie, Roosevelt used his wisdom to open paths to the future by charging up hills rather than hiring AshBritt to clear the path for him
charlotte January 16, 2014 at 06:18 PM
@JFTR - somehow I am guessing that Roosevelt spoke of the "strong man" "who spends himself in a worthy cause" I don't think he was speaking of the self serving, narcissistic behavior that is being investigated.
Cardinal January 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM
What's with these last 3 NJ governors who self-destruct? Is there something in our water or maybe north jersey water since the last 3 guys lived in north jersey? Incredibly disappointing and embarrassing again! No wonder there are New Jersey jokes !!! If Christie was a stand up guy he'd admit to his involvement and save countless people from testifying, save NJ money and not disrupt this state any further !!!
anonymous January 17, 2014 at 06:23 AM
I do not care where he lives, shops or eats as long as the people who need help getting back in their homes get the help they have been waiting so long for. I also do not want one dime to go to tourism until all these people are helped. Maybe I ask for too much. anonymous
dutchess January 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Why is it Christie get all the glory for the shore recovery when all he does is put his arms around people and comfort them. All the money is coming from the feds and only half of it has been distributed and is controlled by the state. Has all the money from the fund raising been given out? The money Christie used for the Senate election could have gone to help the people affected by Sandy. I haven't heard of these long delays in the other states damaged by Sandy.
singlemomof2 January 17, 2014 at 02:23 PM
As I sit here and read all comments, I just want to say STUPID STUPID STUPID PEOPLE. What about Obama, where is his word, never heard anything again from him. Stop pointing and start standing up for NJ Chris Christy is Hard, so is NJ. See he did come from down here I think Waretown, where his dad lives, ONCE AGAIN YOUR OWN FACTS, let the investigation go on, he would have admitted it, I don't know him personally but I get the guy as for the BULLY LINE " THATS THE JERSEY WAY" don't deny you know it, just think before you post!! SICK TO MY STOMACH and as for HILLARY SO TELL ME HOW DID HER BIG HEALTHCARE REFORM GO/ WHAT ABOUT THE BOMBINGS THAT KILLED US, ALL SHE HAD TO DO IS SEND SUPPORT HOPE JOHN KERRY IS SAFE. just saying!!
Mac January 17, 2014 at 03:41 PM
the Seasides are back on the map - the hottest T-shirt of the 2014 Jersey tourist season is drawing record crowds back to the Fun Town boardwalk for the must-have personally autographed David Wildstein collector's edition - it's a sandy beach colored T-shirt with a burning GWB in the background - in the forefront is Governor Christie landing his helicopter in the middle of three orange cones bearing the Governor's Seal and 6 big black letters each spelling out STUPID STUPID STUPID.
grace January 17, 2014 at 05:39 PM
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU @ Carole
grace January 17, 2014 at 05:39 PM
someone the other day said hillary is starting to look like miss piggy..just sayin
Mac January 17, 2014 at 05:52 PM
so is Barbie
charlotte January 17, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Disgusted but not surprised. I would have attended the Manahawkin event if there was more notice - less than 24 hours. From what I hear - Sandy victims stood while Christie's entourage sat. Great photo op - letters followed on RREM grants. Shallow attempt. Hope NJ citizens get a special prosecutor to ENFORCE NJ laws - no faith in NJ AG at this point.
Xavier January 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM
These appearances are scheduled during the week and during working hours for a very good reason.
John E January 18, 2014 at 04:21 PM
"'This Is Where I Intend To Spend The Rest Of My Life" By saying that he knows he has no chance to live in the White House, why even try and waste his time.

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