Obama to tour Jersey devastation with Christie

President Obama is joined by Gov. Christie in crossing the Temple Street Bridge in Paterson last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
President Obama is joined by Gov. Christie in crossing the Temple Street Bridge in Paterson last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Posted: October 31, 2012

President Obama will visit New Jersey tomorrow to tour the hurricane stricken coastline with Gov. Christie, the White House announced today.

A spokesman said the President will assess the storm damage, talk with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thank first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities.

In an unusual step, Obama has declared a "major" disaster for counties along the New Jersey coast, and for Long Island and the New York City area. The declaration means that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide assistance to individuals and to repair public buildings and roads.

Ordinarily, such a declaration requires an evaluation and application process, but FEMA director Carl Fugate said at a briefing this afternoon that after conferring with the governors of New York and New Jersey he was convinced that the damage was more than the states could handle. Fugate said he had no handle yet on the extent of damages.

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