NEW YORK — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has made a lot “of mistakes” in dealing the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The New York Times on Tuesday published a piece by Christie’s son, who said he’s now “feeling the full force of the storm” as the storm made landfall in New Jersey.
“I have to say, Donald Trump, in my opinion, made a very big mistake,” the governor said at a New York City press conference.
“I think that he made a mistake not allowing the people of New Jersey to have access to their homes, and I think he made an error not allowing New Jerseyers to evacuate the state.”
“He did not have the capacity to evacuate,” Christie added.
“He did have the resources to evacuate.
But we’ve got to be more careful and we’ve gotta be more prudent in the way we use the resources that we have.”
Christie said that his son and his family have been “extremely concerned” by the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused in the state, and he noted that the administration has made “many mistakes” during the storm.
In the Times piece, Christie’s younger son, Robert Christie, also blamed Trump for not allowing emergency services to be brought to the island, citing “the failure of the emergency response system in New York and New Jersey” as one reason for the devastation.
The governor said that in his opinion, Trump has “made a mistake in not having the capacity” to evacuate New Jersey and the entire country, and that he wants to “give him credit for that.”
“The president has not been able to make any mistakes, not with Hurricane Irene,” he said.
“We were not prepared for the magnitude of the situation.
He’s made a huge mistake.
He made a great mistake, and we’re going to make sure he doesn’t make another one.”