Obama tells New Jersey: “We are here for you”
“We are here for you,” Mr. Obama told residents during a news conference following their tour. “We will follow up to make sure you get the help you need until you rebuild.”
Mr. Obama praised Christie’s response to the storm, noting that he has been “aggressive in making sure the state got out in front of this storm. I think the people of New Jersey recognize he’s put his heart and soul in making sure the people of New Jersey bounce back.”
President Barack Obama, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with local residents at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, NJ., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. / AP PHOTO/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS
He also thanked the state’s congressional delegation, noting that they helped ensure that funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and thanked the first responders who put their neighbors’ needs ahead of their own.
“Our hearts go out to those families who have lost loved ones,” Mr. Obama said. At least eight people in New Jersey died because of the storm. The president noted that while relatively few lives were lost, the people who lost loved ones have had their worlds “torn apart.”
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