STATE – Wednesday, President Barack Obama joined Gov. Chris Christie to view first-hand the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Obama acknowledged that “we’re going to have a lot of work to do” to recover from the storm, but vowed that the federal government “will not quit until this is done.”
“We have lots of challenges,” Christie said. “One of our challenges now is to get back to normalcy. And so the things we need to do is to make sure that we get power restored as quickly as possible; make sure that people have clean drinking water, and waste water treatment plants are working; hospitals are taken care of the way they need to; and that we get kids back to school.”
Obama thanked the first responders who have been aiding with the rescue and recovery process and offered sympathy for families who lost loved ones to the storm. The president also spoke about federal recovery efforts.
“Our first priority is water filtration plants and some other critical infrastructure in the state; for that, we’ve got emergency generators,” Obama said. “We’ve got a Navy ship that has some helicopters that can help to move assets around the state as well. And so we’re going to be working with Gov. Christie’s office and local officials to identify what are those critical infrastructure, how can we get what’s needed as quickly as possible.”
The president added, “as power starts coming back on, we want to make sure that people can also get to work. Obviously, there are a lot of folks in Jersey who work in New York, in the city, and in other places where transportation may be hobbled. One of the things I mentioned to the Governor is the possibility of us using federal assets, military assets, as well as taking inventory of assets from around the country that can be brought in so that we can help people get to their work.”