Christie deploys N.J. National Guard personnel to Texas

With flooding conditions in Texas continuing to deteriorate, Governor Chris Christie approved an “Emergency Management Assistance Compact” request for National Guard resources as part of the national response to historic Hurricane Harvey.

Units will be deployed from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to Texas including four Army National Guard pilots and four crew chiefs in addition to four Air National Guard rescue personnel.

The Joint Base members are expected to arrive in Dallas on Friday along with two UH-60 Blackhawks for rescue operations.

Christie previously deployed New Jersey Task Force 1 to Texas on Sunday evening.

“With real-life experience and top-notch training, the emergency response members from our Joint Base and our State Police are invaluable resources that will help lift Texas out of the devastation and despair caused by Hurricane Harvey,” Governor Christie said in a statement. “I will continue to make good on my promise to authorize and deploy every available resource possible for the tens of thousands of disaster victims who need rescuing, and who will need our recovery assistance in the days and weeks ahead.”