He couldn’t go, not this time, Assemblyman John Amodeo (R-2) told PolitickerNJ.com in the aftermath.
During Irene, he evacuated his family out of their Margate neighborhood on the barrier island and made for the mainland. But his aged mother found herself without power and dangerously incapacitated away from home.
With Sandy bearing down on the barrier and Gov. Chris Christie issuing an order to Atlantic City and Margate to clear out, Amodeo made the decision to stay.
“I couldn’t leave the island,” Amodeo said. “During Irene my mother was stuck on the fourth floor and she didn’t want to go this time, she wanted to be home, and so we broke the governor’s order and stuck.”
The assemblyman’s house was surrounded by water, but he rode it out, he told PolitickerNJ.com.
“Parts of the north inlet got hit very hard,” he said. “Now it’s a clean-up around us, with the ends of the streets running parallel to the beach piled up three to four feet with sand.”
The assemblyman said in his case he made the decision to stay because of his mother, but noted that many old-time Margate residents made a similar call and stayed on the island despite the governor’s order to retreat.
“Solidarity was widespread,” Amodeo said.
State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) reports $87,337 cash on hand toward her 12th Congressional District run to succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12).Read More >
East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made...
BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs. Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >
“Receiving $74,000 in severance pay is entirely inappropriate and unjustifiable. No elected official is entitled to sick or vacation time. You don’t put out your hand and beg, you raise your hand and say ‘Thank God I was healthy.' There’s no reason for anyone to collect money on the way out the door or for overtime.” - Council President Andre Sayegh, candidate for Paterson mayor.- PolitickerNJ.com
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.