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US politics put aside due to Sandy

11-01-2012 13:52 BJT Special Report:Hurricane Sandy slams US |

By CCTV correspondent Sean Callebs

In the aftermath of Sandy, politics was put aside just for a day. President Obama and Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie were lavish in their praise for each other. President Obama told New Jersey residents the government is there to help.

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."

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.

Barack Obama said, "Governor Christie has been responsive, aggressive in making sure the state got out in front of this storm."

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 fiancé live across the street from the ocean. She says her husband to be is a third generation Atlantic City resident and 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 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 scary."

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg was with some 200 or so people amid the rubble that used to be the city’s famed board walk.

Frank Lautenburg, New Jersey senator, said, "It’s going to take a lot of money to restore this but I don’t hear anybody saying how much it will cost, they’re not asking that question and they shouldn’t be, right now we have got to get things fixed."

Many here, who risked everything riding out the storm, still appear to be in a state of shock. Renee Perez carrying around a charred newspaper from 1978 that she saw flapping in a building that collapsed and burned

Renee Perez said, "Well, it’s going to remind me of what happened here. It scared me. I was nervous, my husband stayed here to keep the house all night."

The city remains a virtual ghost town. The array of casinos closed and silent. Only the clanging of heavy machinery trying to put sand back where it belongs breaks quiet. But there is hope for the future.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source:

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