A large number of people in New York City have been evacuated and more than 700 people in the state are under evacuation orders, Gov.
Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
The governor said that New Jersey was now the third state in the nation to get “hundreds of thousands” of evacuees.
“I am grateful for the help and support of the residents and residents of New Jersey, but we have to be very, very careful that we do not let the situation become the norm,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“The Governor is calling on everyone to leave the state as quickly as possible and get back to their homes.”
Cuomo said the state will be “comprehensive” in its response to the storm and is prepared to provide assistance.
Cuomo said he spoke with President Donald Trump, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and FEMA Director Craig Fugate and asked them to prepare the states and localities for the storm.
New York Gov.
Chris Christie, right, speaks to reporters on Sept. 11, 2017.
Cuomo says New York has received about 3,500 phone calls and 2,000 emails about Hurricane Sandy.
Christie said he had spoken with President Trump and asked him to get federal help, which the president said he was ready to do.
Christie also said that his administration has put together a team of experts to assist New York in providing help.
Cuomo’s statement comes as FEMA is still awaiting an order from the state on whether to distribute aid to New Jersey and Connecticut.
Christie has been working to get an order before the storm hits, but the president has so far refused to consider the request.
Cuomo and New Jersey Gov.
Phil Murphy are expected to travel to New York later Monday to meet with Trump and discuss the storm’s impact on the state.
“This is a huge relief,” Murphy told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Monday.
“It’s a massive relief for us.”
Murphy told the New York Times that he had been working on his state’s disaster plan since Hurricane Irene hit the state, and the governor has not left the house.
He said New Jersey’s response has been far more robust than New York’s.
“We have more than 100,000 personnel in the State Police, in the National Guard, in FEMA and in the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” Murphy said.
“They are ready to go out and do what they need to do.”