State Of Emergency Declared In NJ As Sandy Approaches East Coast
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency as Sandy bears down on the East Coast.
New Jersey's Office of Emergency Management has been activated and voluntary evacuations have begun from the Barrier Islands in the southern part of the state.
Christie had been campaigning in North Carolina for Mitt Romney but he returned to the state Friday night.
"I think we're ready," Christie said. "I hope it won't be worse than what we've sustained over the last few years because that's been pretty bad for the residents of our state. I hope it's not as bad and we should all pray it's not as bad."
Last year, Christie famously told residents to "get the hell off the beach'' as Hurricane Irene approached.