Appearing on Fox and Friends this morning, Governor Chris Christie shared his personal 9/11 story that he called “an extraordinary 48 hours” that had to be incredibly nerve-wracking for he and his family.
Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, was among the many thousands of people who worked in close proximity to the fallen World Trade Center buildings. Phone lines had been jammed at her place of employment and as a result, Christie was unable to get in touch with his wife for over five hours. During that time, both world trade center buildings had collapsed.
Christie admitted thinking about what he was “going to do if I had to raise three children on my own.”
Via Fox News Insider:
When the planes hit the towers, Christie said he spoke to his wife, who told him that the workers would be evacuated to the basement
That began a frightening five-hour stretch where he could not reach his wife. During that time period, both towers had collapsed.
“I was thinking what was I going to do if I had to raise three children on my own, what would I say to them about their mother? It was incredibly frightening. Five minutes before the kids were going to come off the school bus, she called me from a pay phone in Midtown, Manhattan, where she had walked with a group of coworkers, when they eventually decided to leave the building,” said Christie.
He said his wife then took a ferry from Manhattan to the Jersey shore, where he picked her up.
Christie said Mary Pat was soaking wet and wrapped in a blanket when she came off the boat. People in lower Manhattan were covered with dust and ash after the buildings collapsed and many had to be hosed down.
“That was the first sight of my wife after having left her that morning. I just grabbed her, hugged her, got her in the car and got her home,” he said.
Watch the interview and Chris Christie’s emotional story below…
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