Chris Christie Visiting Thanksgiving Dinner Distribution at Toms River Lowe's

First Lady joining effort at 10:45 a.m. today

Gov. Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie will arrive at Lowe's on Hooper Avenue at 10:45 a.m. this morning during the distribution of Thanksgiving dinners.

The event is part of the Season of Service, but is the first time Christie visited Toms River since the storm ravaged the area, though he has been to Seaside Park and places nearby to see the devastation.

The Season of Service is a volunteer initiative encouraged by the Christie administration,  to use the end of the year as a time to give back.

Aidan McManus, an 8 year-old from Burlington County, began using his own money and time to give back and feed the homeless of the area. The Christies were inspired by McManus to create the Season of Service, urging everyone to  volunteer your service through local groups, houses of worship and civic organizations.

This morning's event at Lowe's is meant to be another example of that, and is meant to kick off this year's Season of Service.

Lowe's announced earlier in the week that it would be freely distributing Thanksgiving meals at many locations throughout New Jersey that were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno plans to visit the Hoboken Lowe's after Toms River.

To find volunteer opportunities in your area, please go to http://www.state.nj.us/state/programs/dos_program_volunteer_centers.html.

Martin November 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
The politicians should visit a charitable or faith-based food distribution program, not just a corporate one (perhaps campaign donors?).
suz November 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I just love this guy! The Gov and his wife giving up their Thanksgiving Day to be with the families who are victims of Sandy...what a wonderful idea! Christie, you rock!!
SL November 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
How about we appreciate and celebrate a story like Aidan McManus instead of always injecting some B.S. political mumbo jumbo into a story? Mind you, I'm coming from a left wing liberal state-of-mind who doesn't even have any motivation to defend Mr. Christie.
Cynthia E Miller November 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I agree 100% Suz. I think the gov/ is doing a terrific job. Kudos to him.
Quaghogdigger November 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Well, the day before Thanksgiving isn't exactly Thanksgiving day, but it is close....The Gov. isn't going to miss a chance to stay on top of the news, he is enjoying his recent approval rating.
peter festa November 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
this guy means what he sez thanks for the great job you did with this MESS
EL November 21, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Sounds like a wonderful cause, but do we know that these meals are being distributed to the needy? Or just anyone who shows up at Lowes on Wednesday. It is important for people to know that their donations are going to those truly in need. I'm just wondering.
Donna Griffin November 21, 2012 at 03:08 PM
EL - I think that is the risk we take with charitable works. Unfortunately, there are those who will show up without an authentic need for help....much like our welfare system.
Scott Neuman November 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Nice to see the Governor stopping by. Charity is charity. It's there for those that need it.
peter festa November 21, 2012 at 07:57 PM
MrSaturdayNightSpecial November 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'm definately not a Christie supporter, and I realize that this whole thing was a PR stunt. But I also see that he also seems genuinely concerned with this. I went to this event with a friend who had lived in Seaside, and he spoke with Christie about getting his documents and what not (he has lost everything including identification) and despite the PR people trying to hurry him along, Christie took his time and gave my friend the numbers of his chief of staff. He didn't need to do that. Putting politics aside for one day, he seems like a decent guy, not that I'd ever vote for him.
mike November 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Didn't think the Gov was going to miss a meal!
Ajv November 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Some of you need to grow up , I'm sure you all could do a better job
Paul November 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
This article is not about politics. It soon turns in to politics. This is about Thanksgiving, doing something nice and giving thanks.
Calvin November 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I blame the public school system. They chose to only support, recognize, back only some students and let's everyone else fall through the cracks with no help. Big difference when you get help compared to none at all. Who cares about them? They don't know anyone, not the elite, their parents are no one, they are not originally from the town. I have heard it all. Those who are supported and backed is so much a head of all those that get a raw deal. There is no chance you are catching up. All those that are left to fen for themselves wind up on welfare. Christie means well in trying to straightening the public schools system. Unfortunately he is fighting a losing battle. When you have so many doing wrong and everyone lying about their schools and what is really happening in their school systems nothing will change. It is just like "Welfare" the problems and programs continue, no one is breaking the chain of changes.
Project Bluebeam November 22, 2012 at 02:28 PM
You wouldn't see Corzine doing this. He'd be on a beach in the Caribbean with a female aide.
Calvin November 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Christie knows all about corruption in NJ, after all he is a lawyer and once was once the attorney general in the state of New Jersey. He does try. He just does not realize and EXPECT the scope and corruptions in NJ schools. Take it from me being I am a minority.


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