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By droseman | October 31st, 2012 - 2:10pm
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SWEENEY: MOTHER NATURE SHOWED HER WORST, JERSEYANS SHOW THEIR BEST

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) released the following statement today regarding President Barack Obama’s visit to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Earlier today, the Senate President toured storm-ravaged parts of Sayreville and Perth Amboy with Governor Christie and state and local officials:

“I thank President Obama for coming to New Jersey to look at Sandy’s impacts first-hand, to thank the first-responders for their dedicated service, and for providing federal resources to help alleviate the strain on our own. I thank Gov. Christie for his stewardship throughout this crisis, and all the state, county and local officials who have put aside everything for the past several days and the days to come. This is truly a national disaster and a time when Americans pull together to help our fellow citizens through the toughest of times.

“I urge residents impacted by Sandy to apply for FEMA assistance. I urge New Jerseyans who wish to volunteer or contribute in some way to help others to call 1-800-JERSEY-7 to learn where help is most needed.

“While Mother Nature showed us her worst, New Jerseyans are showing their best. They have sheltered friends and family left homeless by the devastation. All across the state, communities have banded together to clean up and begin the process of getting their lives back to normal.

“And make no mistake -- it will take time, but we will rebuild our communities and our beloved Jersey Shore.”

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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