Christie and the Storm

With Mark Bittman

Why this story needs to be told

In New Jersey alone, sea level rise put at least an additional 25 square miles of land, and 40,000 people, inside Sandy's footprint.

Mark Bittman
Play
Spotlight video

Mark Bittman examines Governor Christie’s ties to Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers.

Mark Bittman examines Governor Christie’s ties to Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers.

Introduction

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of his state’s coastline, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rushes to rebuild as quickly as possible while steadfastly refusing to discuss climate change. Christie used to acknowledge the scientific consensus on man-made climate change.

In Christie and the Storm, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman wants to know why Christie has changed his tune, and what are the stakes involved in ignoring the issue as New Jersey rebuilds for the future?

SHOOT LOCATIONS:

Union Beach, NJ; Netherlands

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

Meet The Characters

Maybe, in the subsequent months and years, after I get done with trying to rebuild the state and put people back in their homes, I’ll have the opportunity to ponder the esoteric question of the cause of this storm.

Chris Christie  Governor of New Jersey

You can build houses bigger and stronger, but if the homes are still located in very vulnerable areas, we shouldn’t be surprised when they continue to be damaged by subsequent events.

Mark Mauriello  Former Head of NJ’s Dept. of Enviro Protection and Founder of the NJ Association for Floodplain Management

The Science Behind The Story

Over the past 100 years sea level has risen over a foot on the Jersey shore, mostly due to climate change.

Source Learn more about Sea Level Rise

Share Your Story

The YEARS team is committed to covering stories about how we’re all impacted by climate change. Let us know if you see something you’d like us to investigate.