Christie slams Atlantic City mayor for not following orders
GLENN TOWNES Special to the AmNews | 11/1/2012, 11:37 a.m.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford for failing to follow his direct order on Monday to have residents evacuate the city during Hurricane Sandy hours before the deadly storm battered the gambling mecca.
At one of several press briefings on Monday afternoon in Trenton, Christie blasted Langford, Atlantic City's second African-American mayor, for ignoring his earlier order for residents to immediately evacuate the city. Contrarily, Langford did not heed the warning and advised residents to remain in the city and go to city shelters, including one that was located just one block away from a bay and was reported as being flooded on Monday evening. Meteorologists and others tracked the storm and expected it to make landfall between Atlantic City and Wildwood.
"It's frustrating when elected officials ignore my directions to evacuate an area," Christie said. "I'm afraid his decision may cost lives."
Christie had ordered New Jersey Transit buses going to Atlantic City to transport residents to shelters in neighboring towns. However, some residents told transporters that the mayor told them not to evacuate and go to city shelters.
"It was a bad decision by the mayor to contradict my order," Christie said. "Now we don't know how many people are trapped in the city or when we will be able to rescue them!"
As of press time, there was no response from Langford's office.