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Governor Markell, thank you for joining us. We`re looking at a nice
scene earlier but looking at some scary stuff earlier from Rehoboth going
on right now. Your thoughts of what was happening.
GOV. JACK MARKELL (D), DELAWARE (via telephone): Well, it`s pretty -
- it`s a very significant event. I just left Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, the
bay is meeting the ocean right there, number one. Lots of flooding, lots
of rain, and lots wind. A lot more people in the last few hours having
lost power and, unfortunately, with this storm they could be without power
for a week or more.
MATTHEWS: What do you make of this storm? Here we are late October,
it`s frankly Halloween and we`re getting something that looks like it
should have been hitting Florida two months ago. This climate thing and
then we`re hearing snowfall in West Virginia, the wind, we haven`t seen the
danger from the wind yet, it could be really horrendous and it`s coming out
of nowhere. This time of year it`s pretty calm weather-wise, most of the time.
MARKELL: This is -- this is usually a beautiful time of year in
Delaware and -- you know, talking to people who have been following this
for a long time, they have never seen anything like this before. We`re in
a bit uncharted territories and that`s why we`ve got a great community of
first responders, emergency response personnel doing a great job.
MATTHEWS: Tell me about FEMA. I had a role back in the Carter
administration of putting that back together, to coordinate all this stuff.
Apparently, Governor Christie has said some nice things about it. We
should have it.
Do we have that tape of Governor Christi Christie right now we can
show it? What he said about the president`s handling.
Let`s watch Governor Christie. I want you to react to this, Governor
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GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: Thank the president for his
telephone call inquiring about how things were going here and assured him
that things were going well so far. He invited me to call him at any time
if things are no the going well. So, we`ll make sure we do that and
appreciate the president`s outreach today in making sure that we know that
he`s watching this and is concerned about the health and the welfare and
safety of the people of the state of New Jersey.
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MATTHEWS: That`s the adjoining state of New Jersey. You`re governor
of Delaware, Governor. Tell us how this is being coordinated, how
effective. Give it a rating as of the past several hours, how is it going
between FEMA and the state level?
MARKELL: FEMA is a 10 and they have been. They were last year as
well with Irene. They`ve been absolutely terrific. They embed themselves
with our own emergency management agencies so it`s really -- it`s seamless.
The president did have a call yesterday with all of us governors, a lot of
mayors, and he went one by one asking if there was anything he could do.
I had an issue today. I got a response within about 10 minutes. And
that was from the White House as well. They`ve been terrific and we`re
really grateful for it.
MATTHEWS: Not to be too political but that`s what I do here,
Governor Romney in June of this year said we ought to think about getting
rid of FEMA, it may not be necessary, the states can handle he`s kinds of
situations. Your reaction?
MARKELL: Yes, it`s absurd. I mean, it really is. We had -- we have
had issues here where the resources of the federal government are
extraordinarily important. And we expect more of that. And I think, you
know, again as you say not to get too political but what`s the irony that
here we are eight days before the election and people can be reminded of
what he said I think just last year in one of these debates.
MATTHEWS: So, here we go, give us a sense of you as governor of
Delaware, what is it going to look like in the next six hours, the next 12
hours? If we got up at seven tomorrow morning, what`s it going to be like
MARKELL: Well, my biggest concern still has to do with the power.
I`ve been following over the last few hours, you know, a significant
increase in the number of Delaware homes without power. That`s going to
increase and increase and it`s going to take a while for the utility
companies to get that fixed.
So to me, that`s really the major issue. We had a mandatory
evacuations period. We`ve had driving restrictions and I`m appreciative
that people really seem to be following those. We`ve got shelters open and
we expect the number of people using the shelters to increase a lot as
people lose power.
So just an amazing group of first responders throughout the state,
Red Cross, National Guard, everybody pulling together. That being said,
Mother Nature is very, very powerful. People have to use common sense and
treat this seriously.
MATTHEWS: OK. Governor Jack Markell of Delaware, thanks for joining
MARKELL: Thank you.
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