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President Obama visits New Jersey


11-01-2012 11:04 BJT


CCTV correspondent Sean Callebs

Days of rain and heavy clouds finally gave way to a hint of sunshine, along the beaches of New Jersey’s famed Atlantic City, but it seemed to just make the damage from Hurricane Sandy easier to see.

President Obama got his first up close look at the widespread devastation from the storm that claimed scores of lives.

Barack Obama said, “our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Democratic President spent the day with New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie. They’ve been harsh political rivals during this year’s heated campaign. But for now they have put differences aside, focusing on the people who need help the most.

President Barack Obama said, “governor christie has been responsive - aggressive in making sure the state got out in front of this storm.”

Governor Chris Christie said, “it’s been a great working relationship. I cannot thank the president enough for his concern for the people of our state.”

The visit and cooperation, means a lot to beleaguered residents.

Michelle English and her fiancée live across the street from the ocean. She says her husband to be is a third generation Atlantic City resident. Even though she can’t swim, being with him meant being close to the water. It got a little too close when Sandy roared ashore.

Michelle English, said, “the waves - that was ridiculous - we saw the white caps that came over the bulkhead. We could see all the white caps coming and coming toward the house. It was scary, pretty scarey.”

The aftermath speaks volumes. New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg was with some 200 or so people amid the rubble that used to be the city’s famed boardwalk.


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