President Barack Obama told New Jersey residents Wednesday that the federal government is going to do everything it can to help speed up the state’s recovery following the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy.
The president just delivered remarks alongside Gov. Chris Christie. Obama toured the Jersey Shore and other parts of the state today to survey damage from the storm.
“We are here for you and we will not forget you,” Obama said during a brief news conference.
“We will not quit until this is done,” he said, referring to the recovery effort.
Obama said he issued a “15 minute rule,” explaining he issued an order to his administration to respond to requests from local government officials in 15 minutes or less.
“We are not going to tolerate red tape,” Obama said. “We are not going to tolerate bureaucracy.”
The president said his biggest priority is “getting power turned back on” and pledged to use government aircrafts to fly in extra utility equipment from across the country.
“I had a chance to speak with the CEOs (of utility companies,)” he said. “They pledged to start getting equipment, crews etc. here in New Jersey.”
The brief news conference came at the end of the president’s tour of the Garden State.
“We go through tough times and then we bounce back,” he said.
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