UPDATE: Biden Visits Seaside Heights
Vice president to view storm damage
Vice President Joe Biden visited Seaside Heights today to view damage caused by Hurricane Sandy - saying "this is a national responsibility" - according to the Associated Press.
“We have an awful lot of work to do,” AP quoted Biden as saying. He added, “This is going to be a long process. This is going to be an expensive process."
Chairman of the candidate screening committee for the Ocean County Democrats Kevin Barron discussed Biden's visit with Patch today.
"We heard some saying, [when President Obama] visited, that he was only here because he was campaigning. But here [Biden] is after the election is over. This proves those critics wrong," Barron said. "The President and Vice President are still spending that time here in New Jersey, and really do care about the residents of this state."
Biden also is scheduled to tour Hoboken today, according to the AP. A spokesman for the New Jersey State Police would only confirm for Patch that they were working with the Secret Service to "supplement and assist them" with Biden's visit today, but would not reveal specific details regarding his schedule.
President Obama visited storm-wrecked Atlantic City with Christie before the election. Two Obama Cabinet officers toured a Federal Emergency Management Agency facility in Middletown on Friday, according to the AP.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan acknowledged in their visit that it could take years to rebuild some areas wrecked by the superstorm, which killed more than 100 people in 10 states but hit New Jersey and New York the hardest, according to the AP.