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President Obama: Feds Stand By Hurricane-Ravaged Communities

President Obama and Gov. Christie toured areas impacted by Sandy on Wednesday.

The federal government stands by New Jersey as it suffers in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy, President Obama said Wednesday afternoon while visiting Brigantine alongside Governor Christie.

Obama confirmed FEMA aid has already been approved for Atlantic County, and that restoration efforts will continue as long as needed.

"We will not forget," Obama said. "We will follow up to make sure you get the help you need.

There are 2,000 personnel from FEMA on the ground, Obama said.

"They are talking to communities so people know how they can get the help they need," Obama said. "The important thing to know is that people can immediately start registering for emergency assistance. Now that you're safe, it's very important you know there's help available to you now."

Residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA or visit http://disasterassistance.gov to register right now to immediately receive help.

"Our biggest priority is getting power back on," Obama said. "There are still big chunks of the state that don't have power. When people don't have power, they're disabled in all sorts of ways."

Obama said states that haven't been impacted by Sandy, and states as far west as California, have already pledged help for the state.

This was a concern among county and local officials prior to the storm. They were worried that because of the size of the storm and the number of areas that were to be impacted, each municipality and county would be on its own.

Obama said the focus currently is on New Jersey, New York, and parts of Connecticut, and that the government is monitoring snow in West Virginia.

"Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones. Because of good preparation, loss of life kept lower than it might have been."

He said federal and military assets may be used to help transport people once they get back to work. He made no mention of the tainted water in Atlantic City, or the possibility of reopening Brigantine, Longport and Margate, per a request from Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson.

"This is not going to get cleaned up overnight," Obama said. "We can promise the federal government will work as closely as possible with state and federal officials to get this done. I will not tolerate red-tape or bureaucracy in this matter."

He praised Christie's efforts.

"This is a federal, state and local effort," Obama said. "Gov. Christie has been responsive, aggressive in making sure the state got out in front of the storm, and I think people of New Jersey recognize he's put his heart and soul (into the recovery)."

"He has worked incredibly closely with me since even before the storm hit," Christie said. "I cannot thank the president enough for his concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state."

They were joined by Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, and Levinson on Wednesday.

"We have suffered losses," Christie said. "All that stuff can be replaced. You look to your right and left, at your son and daughter and that's the stuff you can't replace."

Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Jim, you just showed how much 'you don't know" as when in Chicago Politics, Obama was a 'Community Organizer" working with the people of all races and political parties.........you just made an fool of yourself.........
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
So, Monk, what's your 'beef' with that?? This is supposed to be a 'conversation' where we all can give our opines..........I happen to be very interested in it all and have a 'right' to contribute as much as I care to ... what's with you, would you censor or limit what people can do or say............
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Who the heck 'blames Bush' on Katrina?? Wow, are you a little dense? Perhaps his handling of it could have been better?? Who knows?? As for Michelle and her mother.......I suggest you go back through each and every President or Government Official and just see who else lived w them in the White House...you are one nit picker and that's putting it mildly........in my opinion
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Chatham.........we'll have to make allowances for those who spew their misinformation........they probably have other problems as well ....
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Lets hope it continues...........but I'd bet that in a few days there will be lots of bitching and complaining by even those who have shown patience thus far... guess it's just the nature of man/woman..........not enough patience (which includes me or so I've been tolD)
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:22 PM
DUH. what the heck as Romney done for our economy really??? Guess you haven't done you're COMPLETE homework, Aaron. Whatever he has done,he has done for hisself and his cohorts.........do you really believe that Romney has the middle class or any of the poor first on his agenda (i.e. if he becomes president...aaaggghhh hope not...from my lips to Gods). Don't you remember him bitching about the 47% at the fund raiser where his 'fans' paid lots of money to eat with him??? Wake up..
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Your right, Sick............but it's such a temptation when it's an election year and so much depends on just whom becomes our n ext President....and hopefully and prayfully it won't be Mitt.............
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:24 PM
hahahhahahahhahahah boy, that'd give us a 'buzz'.....thanks for the laugh, Quote.
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:24 PM
AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:26 PM
That's done periodically in my neighborhood and we have 'lots of trees'....but cutting them back doesn't keep the wind from pushing them over.............................
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
AMAZING, isn't it...........when in times like this it is so important..........
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Every year they seem to be doing the same thing and that's been going on for decades. i know as a relative had a home there and as a teen (and I'm old) they did it almost every year on Long Beach Island.......but WHAT MEMORIES....aaahhh, the shore.................
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
yes, Nancy..........he sounds rather ???? First time I've heard Obama being called a commie?
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
That's what we, as human being, are supposed to do...help each other...not depend entirely on the government to take care of us..........as for food trucks, good idea but not free food.........they have to make a living also.............
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Just wait, Paul.........Prayfully, you will eat your words.........AND if Mitt wins (prayfully not) I'll remember your name/posts and when/if he wins I'll remember you and rub it in about the crap you spew........along with the barbacue sauce..........
john November 02, 2012 at 12:21 AM
We all should be entirely proud to have the leadership of Governor Christie and President Obama in this time of need. I applaud them both. If anyone heard Christie's press conference today you know what I mean -- his action, his empathy and his smarts and focus are totally inspiring, as well as President Obama's communication and attention to focusing resources. For all those who are using this disaster as leverage to drum up support for your candidate, you should be ashamed of yourself. You should be using your energy to help not disparage. The most amazing comments of all are the ones that are forecasting on how things are going to be gloomy in the coming days and weeks. Look for the light and stop cursing the darkness. Thanks to all those who have left inspiring comments and helpful information.
whatever41 November 02, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Ditto.
esther November 02, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Nancy, Nancy, Nancy, what does Christie's size have to do with anything??? Your point is weakened by your obvious prejudice. Stick to your point otherwise you lose your readers.
Eric November 02, 2012 at 03:57 AM
This far along into the great depression Hoover, who was a sucessful business man, had unemployment over 20%. I'm sure you have no idea that the two situations were similar, because history and facts are hard.
frances taylor November 02, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Wow...me too...nicely said!!!!
Belleville Sentinel November 02, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Bush wasn't blamed for the storm that was Katrina - what he was blamed for was his utter failure in bringing the necessary timely support and relief to the victims of Katrina. With numerous bodies floating in New Orleans and people begging for qualified federal help, who could forget Chuckle-Nut's comments to his FEMA director several days into that disaster, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", a person whose only previous work experience was running the Arabian Horse Association. BTW, here's a question for today.....while Bill Clinton was busy campaigning for President Obama, where in the world was Chuckle-Nuts? He's at an exclusive invitation only conference in the Cayman Islands explaining how he and his fellow felons can shelter their assets in offshore accounts. A true republican to the end.
John November 02, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@Nancy, no but your comments are FUNNY, I am surprised U did not say anything about trick or treat, oh thats right it was moved to MONDAY.....what are U going as....
Jules Vernon November 02, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Jim, agree with you. He may be the best governor in the history of the state. Too bad we don't have more politicians who are straight shooters, blunt talkers, and unafraid to speak their minds.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 03, 2012 at 12:34 PM
bump (The software patch uses leaves the last comment in line as the one on the front page, even when it is deleted as a spam post....Please consider posting something relevant to this thread, and I will delete this one. Just blocking the "COACH" spammer, again. fjl)
Karen Longstreet November 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I live in Point Plesant Boro I have had no power since last sunday at 1 and you know what I am thankful to still have a home my heart goes out to those who lost everything it was wonderful to see OUR President and OUR governor come together to work together for the good of our state and anyone who cant see that and wants to bang or talk bad or say the millionaires to bad guess what without our beaches without our shores without those communitys that lost everything the whole state suffers and if you lived here year around or grew up here like I did you would never understand the pure devastation that has happened here so please lets just work together and stop bashing what we dont agree upon we are AMERICANS and together there is nothing we cant do!
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Very well said, Karen. Please feel free to email me at denise.distephan@patch.com about your outage and general situation. I cover Point Boro and Point Beach for Point Pleasant Patch. Good luck and best wishes.
john biller November 05, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Obama didn't do anything special. He made is quickie appearance, photoshoot, and political quickie speech and flew off to Las Vegas. I wouldnt call him a hero, just did the basics of his job. Big deal folks.
Nancy VanTwistern November 05, 2012 at 03:10 AM
John, so true................look for the light and just be glad that those of you who did not experience anything bad can now help those who need it.
Nancy VanTwistern November 05, 2012 at 03:12 AM
For those of you that say I made a comment about Christies weight....think....could it be that I thought he was a big man in other ways? Perhaps because he put politics aside and welcomed Obama....seems to me your interpretation says how your minds work..............gotcha.........
Nancy VanTwistern November 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
HEY PAUL, spoke too soon, didn't you.........the MAJORITY has spoken NOW LIVE WITH IT!!!

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