With areas still not reachable by foot, Obama was met by state Gov. Chris Christie, who lauded his efforts in expeditiously singing declarations allowing for federal aid to make it to the area.
“We are here for you and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure you get all the help you need until you rebuild,” the president said while in the island city of Brigantine, where he stopped by the Brigantine Beach Community Center to greet victims who sought shelter in the building.
The president also praised Christie for being “responsive” and “aggressive,” and gave thanks to first responders for their hard work.
More than 2,000 members of FEMA have been sent to the area to help victims of the vicious storm. “We expedited the emergency declaration for the state of New Jersey and for local counties that have been affected,” Obama explained. “What that means is people can immediately begin applying for emergency assistance.”
In the aftermath of the storm, public transportation in the tri-state area was put on hold, and 12,000 flights to and from the East Coast were grounded.
After canceling re-election efforts at the top of the week, the president is expected to resume campaigning on Thursday (Nov. 1).
Click below to view what the devastation that the president saw, and his visit with residents in New Jersey.
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