Christie assessing damage

EWING – Gov. Chris Christie took off from Trenton about an hour ago to conduct an aerial survey of the damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The governor is expected to land in Belmar and Avalon along the way as he tours the state.

Christie is expected to hold an afternoon news briefing from the New Jersey State Police command center’s Regional Operations and Intelligence Center in Ewing.

"Since the print publication of this list, Christie, in his capacity as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, helped decisively turn the midterm elections in the Republicans' favor, which makes him a bit more influential than we initially gave him credit for, post-Bridgegate. So when your state governments do absolutely nothing for you for the next four years, be sure to thank him!"