Chris Christie A “Disgrace”: Mark Levin
Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin has blasted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a “disgrace” for “overreacting” to Hurricane Irene last Friday.
Governor Christie should not have issued an evacuation order of coastal and low-lying areas in New Jersey ahead of the storm’s weekend arrival, Levin said. “He had better information than I did” about the approaching Category 1 hurricane, the talker said on his nationally-syndicated show Monday.
Although Hurricane Irene’s impact on the Garden State was nowhere near the doomsday scenarios predicted by some in the media, 9 river locations across northern New Jersey reached or surpassed record flooding levels and 7 deaths have been atributed to Irene, reports Reuters.
Governor Christie “is a man whose ego is completely out of control” for issuing the evacuation order, Levin said. “As long as the governor or local officials don’t put their professionals [firemen, police, etc.] on the line, then you’re on your own.”
Striking an usually libertarian pose, Levin rhetorically asked, “if you want to have a picinic on the beach with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the beach in the middle of a storm, then who am I to say no?”
“But,” Levin continued, “it’s not just what he [Governor Christie] did, it’s the way he did it.”
During a speech Friday afternoon, Governor Christie punctuated the evacuation order with his trademark blunt manner. “Get the hell off the beach,” he ordered sun worshipers who were trying to get in a few more rays.
“This is a governor, an elected official, and he is talking to his citizens in this way,” Levin critically said of Governor Christie. “You can see real insight into a person when they’re under pressure, or when they’re facing a situation like this.”
Christie should not have ordered people to leave their homes, but “strongly encourage” them to do so instead.
“He shouldn’t belittle them, he shouldn’t scream at them, he shouldn’t call them names, just say it like a statesman,” Levin said.
In neighboring New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a similar edict on Friday.