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Christie in Toms River: 'We Have to Take a Moment to Give Thanks'

Governor at Lowe's store where meals are being given out to families

Gov. Christie visited the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Toms River Wednesday morning, kicking off the state's "Season of Service" campaign in one of the communities most affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Christie joined local officials, including Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3), and Lowe's executives at the Hooper Avenue store, where employees were helping distribute enough Thanksgiving meals to feed 3,000 people.

The Season of Service is a volunteer initiative encouraged by the Christie administration, aimed at encouraging the end of the year as a time to give back.

The meals, provided by Boston Market, came in the form of 500 bags enough to feed six people each.

"We want to be here and see people on this holiday," said Christie. "It's important for everyone tomorrow to take a deep breath and remember all the loss that has impacted this state, but we have to take a moment and give thanks."

The governor said he'll spend Thanksgiving at his home in Mendham with 16 guests, but acknowledged some New Jersey residents won't be able to spend the day in their own homes.

"Wherever your home is tomorrow, be with your families," he said. "I thank God for the minimal loss of life due to this storm."

Lowes officials on hand said they wanted to open up their stores for the meal distribution after realizing so many of their own employees had been affected by Sandy. Some of those employees were helping with the efforts Wednesday morning.

A large crowd of people had already gathered at the store by the time Christie arrived.

The governor was joined by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Runyan, township officials as well as former New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers player Jim Dowd, himself a local resident who has lived in Brick and Point Pleasant Borough.

Rick November 24, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Barbara, I am sorry to hear of your loses. I understand that there was major damage in some parts of Ocean County and in NY. As I said it was not minor to the people who were affected, but overall it was minor. The Galveston hurricane killed over 8000 people just in the Galveston area. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo created a surge over 10 feet high that traveled 15 miles inland from the bay in some parts of South Carolina. If that happened here it would go past Lakehurst.
frank reynolds November 24, 2012 at 05:55 AM
again rick proves he sure isnt "bill nye the science guy" . first of all in galveston in 1900 there were no satelites that told weathermen on tv to tell you there was a hurricane coming. they had no warning so there was no evacuation so 8,000 people died. only rick can compare a hurricane and its effects and preparations from over 100 years ago to now. where did i see the cars floating in manhattan? i dont know maybe it was in every newspaper or tv along with subways that had 6 ft deep water in them. maybe those cars and trucks we saw floating across the landscape after the japan earthquake or in indonesia in 2005 after the ocean washed ashore were all 1960s vws. sandy knocked power out for 60 million people some of which still have no power. rick would have you believe it was just a good day to fly a kite. please rick give us more of your "science" stats.
Deborah A. Mc Callum November 24, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Well said Frank, I couldn't agree with you more...! I've observed a lot of opinions from a distance in politics, etc., but the truth of the matter is this: "A divided country will never stand." It's time for people to put their differences aside and recognize the wisdom behind that. Progress will never be achieved if a united front towards supporting President Obama fails to realize itself. In regards to climate change: Al Gore was dead on in his environmental assessments/warnings on a global level. It has come to the point in time where the term, 'natural disasters' will have to be redefined and categorized in a more appropriate context. The only Conspiracy Theories being fabricated out there are by the masses who choose to hide their heads in the sand, and deny any responsibility, or course of action. A cynical attitude is usually based on a self-serving lack of interest to educate the mind, by diverting attention elsewhere, upholding dissent and skepticism. "Playing the Devil's Advocate."
Deborah A. Mc Callum November 24, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Ha Ha...! "Keep those bizarro world science facts coming our way." There's a world of difference between drawing conclusions from historical facts, and making inaccurate correlations to scientific research of our day and age. The confusion lies in not grasping that the speed, frequency and intensity of natural disasters are increasing by higher percentages, than ever before recorded in history. We have the technology and education to evaluate the impact of human activity on the environment, ranging back more than just a few, selective decades. Anyone can spin-off dates in history with actual facts, measuring relevant information as valid comparisons, but it still does not explain the greater frequency and higher percentages of these occurrences...!!??
Rick November 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Deborah, Did you really get up at 3 in the morning to post that?
Rick November 24, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Actually Frank they had plenty of warning. That storm had hit Cuba and then Key West two days earlier. It hit Mississippi and Louisana the day before. The U.S. Weather Bureau had warned them of the storm two days before it hit. They choose to ignore the warnings, much like they had choosen not to build a seawall long before this storm hit.
Rick November 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Okay "Mr Floating Cars" take your car for a little float in the bay.
The Anti B N November 24, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Rick Are you trying to say you didnt see cars floating in the tunnels in NYC? Rick repeat after me Mittens said Fema is immoral make sure you dont file a claim warning in 1900 before they had telephone,tv, internet? what is the sea level in Galveston any idea how many dead bodies there would have been if Sandy hit in August
Rick November 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
If there had been enough water on the streets of Manhattan to "float" cars they would still be pumping water out of the subways and the Holland and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels.
The Anti B N November 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
@ Rick here watch this http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20112977/video-path-station-flooding
Rick November 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Really? The telephone was invented in 1876. The telegragh in the 1840s. Yes, they did get warnings. Oh, probably many dead bodies if Sandy had hit in August. How many tourists would have thought it would be cool to ride out the storm? How many stories have you seen where locals decided to stay, until there were a couple of feet of water in their house and then wanted someone to risk their lives to rescue them?
Rick November 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Gore left office as VP with a net worth of less than 2 million. He is now worth about 100 million, mostly by hyping his global warming theory. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/12/al-gores-net-worth-green-energy_n_1961299.html Yes, global warming theory. Two years ago we had several severe blizzards and extremely cold weather which were blamed on global warming. Last year we had a very mild winter with almost no snow, also blamed on global warming.
Rick November 24, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Just shows to go ya that Benjamin Disraeli was right. "There are three kinds of lies; Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics".
Rick November 24, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Maybe you could provide a link to prove that Gov Romney said anything about FEMA being immoral? It seems he never said that. Even Snopes has no link to reference that he said that. However, http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/30/Fact-Check-Mitt-Romney-Never-Called-FEMA-Immoral
Rick November 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
To continue about that 1900 Galveston hurricane. After it flattened Galveston, it turned north and went through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illionois, Wisconsin and then turned east and hit parts of Quebec and New York State and New England. All that long before VP Gore got uber rich on global warming.
Rick November 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I still didn't see any cars floating in the tunnels.
Rick November 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM
WOW! You actually believe what you show on FAUX News?
Rick November 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Wait a minute. You or your daughter left cars in Seaside and/or Ortley? Didn't you get any warning that there was a major storm coming? Are you really going to tell your insurance company that you left these cars in harms way and then ask them to compensate you for the loss?
Rick November 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
NO, No car floating in tunnels in NYC. The city had closed the tunnels prior to any flooding. And really, if you saw flood water pouring into the tunnel entrance, would you keep driving? http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/30/Fact-Check-Mitt-Romney-Never-Called-FEMA-Immoral
Rick November 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
This will be my FIRST post where I mention Obama. I haven't bashed him anywhere in this article. You and some other sheeple have spent some time bashing Gov. Christie and Gov. Romney. Get over the idea that everyone who has a viewpoint that is different from yours isn't bashing you or Obama.
Anti B N November 25, 2012 at 01:08 AM
@Rick TRENTON, NJ — Weekday PATH service to Lower Manhattan along the World Trade Center line will resume early Monday. Officials say those trains will run from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., with stops in New Jersey at Newark, Harrison, Journal Square, Grove Street and Exchange Place and in New York at the World Trade Center. Disabled access will be available at Newark and World Trade Center. Floodwater spawned by Superstorm Sandy inundated the World Trade Center station, covering its track bed with several feet of water. Port Authority PATH crews have since removed millions of gallons of water from the tracks and platforms and repaired or replaced damaged switching and signal systems. The line will not operate on weekends, so crews can continue their repair work Rick nope dont like fox news but you might want to read this
Rick November 25, 2012 at 01:20 AM
And just what does this have to do with cars floating in the tunnels?
Tommy November 25, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Woulda loved to see the gov. floating through the Holland Tunnel. On his back!! Now that would have been a sight to behold.
Tommy November 25, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Oh and Rick get a life.
Anti B N November 25, 2012 at 01:55 AM
The Asbury Park Press Despite all the focus on candidates courting Hispanics or the working class, men are the nation's ultimate swing voters; they're why Republican George W. Bush became president and Republican John McCain didn't. Maybe it's time to pause and consider the fickle male. Perhaps presidential hopefuls staring into the gender gap in 2016 should look beyond the usual controversies over "women's issues" and instead ask, "What do men want?"
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WOW! That makes more sense than most of what Frank, Barbara and Anti have posted here.
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