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November 1st, 2012
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Atlantic City Mayor Langford says Gov. Christie 'falsely accused' him, claims 'double standard' on evacuation orders

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford shares an update on how his city is faring in the cleanup after superstorm Sandy, and also responds to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's criticism of his evacuation orders before Sandy.

"I think it's reprehensible for the Governor to spew the rhetoric that he did based on a falsehood," Langford says. "The Governor made a statement that simply was not true when he said that I countermanded his order."

Langford also mentioned the Governor's tour of Brigantine, a town north of Atlantic City. He says residents there
did decided not to heed Christie's warning but did not get the same reprimand.

"What the Governor falsely accused me of doing actually happened in Brigantine and yet they're being jovial about it," the Mayor says. "That's a double standard, and people can see for themselves what's really going on here."

Soledad pressed him to clarify.

"You've got one community that is rather affluent, who the officials defied the government order and set up their own shelter. You have another city that's an urban area where we heeded the call, parroted the message that the Governor sent, which was for everybody to evacuate. The Governor then falsely accuses us of not heeding his warning, but everything in Brigantine is 'hunky dory,'" Langford says.

'You be the judge," he concludes.

In the video below, the Mayor shares an update on how the city is recovering after the storm and says it's too early to determine the financial impact of Sandy on the city.

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