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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.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Biden-to-visit-storm-damaged-NJ-4047698.php#ixzz2CaFLwGtV

Peter Koenig November 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
At least the choppers could have dropped some candy, like the Berlin Airlift.
Donna Griffin November 19, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Granmommy - If you're looking for rainbows and sunshine in this forum, I might suggest a Hallmark store instead. We may banter, we may argue, we may even at times get rude with one another when expressing our political differences. But do not for one minute think that we are not there for each other in our disaster relief effort. In Ocean County, we roll up our sleeves when work needs to get done and we never ask "Who'd you vote for?" We'll get the job done and will rely on our own initiative and some help from our friends and neighbors. Make no mistake, we will rebuild our home town, and I may even go so far as to say that we will be better for the effort.
forreal1 November 20, 2012 at 01:06 AM
SG why NOT? do have any idea what these people are paying into all the govmt. funded programs that they get nothing in return from,? They Not only pay their property tax on the home that they spend at best 4 month out of the yr at, but they are also paying that on a primary home.... not to mention if they are able to keep up 2 homes what they most likly earn & pay the Fedl. government to keep FEMA going ITS THEIR $$$ they are NOT asking for a hand out( which they already support) they are only asking for what they have worked hard for generations to keep...
Barney November 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Obama had a meeting with Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the whitehouse? Really? Maybe we shoud sit down with SNOOP DOG and OJ SIMPSON too? Maybe we should start listening to Obama's reverend of 20 years... Reverend Wright? Since whites are evil.
Rick November 20, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Most of the 'second homes' are not used by the owners four months out of the year. They are rented out during the summer months and that rent pays most if not all of the mortgage, insurance and taxes for the whole year. And, don't you think priority should be given to the people whose primary residence was damaged. The people who own vacation homes still have a place to live.
Rick November 20, 2012 at 03:21 AM
So what caused global cooling and global warming before Dems and Reps were born?
KC November 20, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Very, very valid point Sal.
KC November 20, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Well, Marianne as posted earlier, I for one was very happy with the Texan linemen who restored my development's power after being without heat or electricity for 12 days. God bless Texas. We are doing okay, but pretty much walking in a dazed state. It is hard to absorb all of the destruction. I personally know about 20 people made homeless by this storm. It is really just hell with the one saving grace being the goodness that came from so many people in so many ways.
KC November 20, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Yah and if Potus and VPotus didn't make an appearance you would all be bitchin' then too.
Rick November 20, 2012 at 05:33 AM
As KC said http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbH60wCO-Yw
Opinionated November 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM
We are recovering and rebuilding from a natural disaster (Sandy). It will take years. We may never recover from the man-made disaster (Obama II).
DonnaOppinionatedBarney November 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Yeaahhhh!!!!! Man-made disasters like Obama suck, like his disasterous reign over the economic recovery including the stock market approaching near record highs, the import/export ratio flipping in our favor, manufacturing jobs coming back, the addition of millions of private sector jobs, restoration of our legitmate role of leader of the world, that the military flag officers quitetly agree that O is the best C-in-Chief since Eisenhower, blah blah blah - it all sucks, and lefty kool-aid talking points that happen to reflect reality suck too becasue reality sucks...losing sucks, and so does winning when the losers suck, and saying O will take away out guns sucks when he doesn't do a thing about guns, which really sucks, and socialism sucks especially the imaginary kind that never happened under Obama, but the real kind does not suck like hte military and SSI and medicare, and thinkin and facts and reason and pragmatism and making things better really really suck if one party benefits politically and, well, everything sorta sucks.
Donna Griffin November 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Donna - You must be investing in foreign markets because the US market tanked after the election. Been busy cleaning up here so I have not followed the trend this week, but my pension (100% self-funded BTW) has taken a BEATING. What I did hear is that there is an effort underfoot to have the feds take over Hostess. That would be the Hugo Chavez move of the century if that were to happen. Maybe a cheese factory next?!? Then we can truly all share in the government cheese.
Realitysucks November 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Donna G - Interesting that you add the caveat about the not catching up this week considering that again reality contradicts your points - the markets are up. And that goes without even getting into that other inconvenient reality - that short term fluctuations are meaningless. The fact that matters is that the markets have fully recovered while Obama has been in office. No amount of demagogueing, partisan fauz macro economics, or just plain hate soaked gut thinking changes that reality...
Spooner November 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
...actually the Confectioners union has agreed to the Hostess company contract proposal. But that doesn't mean much when you look recent history. Even with past union give backs the company was still bleeding red ink? It's more about management than the unions. . .look at old GM and Eastern Airlines.
Allen D. Ershowitz November 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
If unions were gone there would be no deficits, hurricanes, muslimkenyan presidents or any such thing as "glbt" only BLT.
DonnaRightiesetc November 20, 2012 at 05:12 PM
right - unions suck, especially how they pulled the working class out of poverty which sucks too unless you are not impoverished, and workers' rights suck too cause workers suck and so do rights unless they are mine cause I am white and straight and affluent (none of which sucks and all of which is true, as it should be), and earning a living wage and earning a middle class and even upper middle class salarty sucks to because uniions made that possible by making employers have to compete with compensation packages with unions to get good workers, and so do benefits like health insurance and sick days and vacation days and overtime and 40 hr work weeks and workplace safety rules suck suck suck because unions made all of that happen throughout our economy....yeah - unions have sucked profits from owners so they could live a decent life for working well and hard...when all the time the owners could have had that extra money so they could save it and pass it on to their deserving kids....and it sucks that those middle class workers spend that money because it goes to the owners when they spend it and the owners save it etc...so why must the owner put it out there in the first place - so you see unions SUCK
Dentss Dunnagun November 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
The markets are manipulated by the Fed want a better idea of how Obama is doing look at what the dollar is worth in GOLD ,it has lost over 50% of it's value in 4 years ...or look a what gas cost in dollars twice as much ...
DonnaDentseBarneytc November 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Yeah - GOLD - the currency of the End Timers, anarchists, and just plain insanely nostalgic (nostalgia sucks unless it is reality like 50s sit coms)! You're right about the dimished value of gold - I tried to pay for my groceries with it the other day and the cashier said my gold is no good there!!! THAT SUCKS. And GASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS - Yes - Obama pumped that up alright...because only a manchurian anti-coloinalist, socialist commie fascist (they are synonyms now since O came to power) kenyan muuzilum has the magical power to manipulate and control the global pertro markets and fix fuel prices in the entire US! Dents is not dense - Dents makes sense!!!! And sense sucks. And so does Sam Samstie, btw
Dentss Dunnagun November 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
You don't pay in gold my friend you must exchange it for the worthless coin of the relm ....you would pay 800 worthless american IOU's in 2008 for 1 oz of gold and sell it today for 1785 worthless American IOU's ....or hold it for another year and receive a few thousand worthless American IOU's ....
Rick November 20, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I THINK WE MAY HAVE GOTTEN A BIT OFF TOPIC HERE. WHAT DO HOSTESS BAKERIES, GM, EASTERN AIRLINES, GOLD PRICES ETC HAVE TO DO WITH THE STORM DAMAGE ALONG THE JERSEY SHORE? Yes kiddies, I know all caps is shouting. It needs to be shouted. Let's try to stay on topic.
Imabiggrownupandyouaresilly November 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Storm damage sucks...staying on topic sucks, condescending no-skin-in the discussion criticism sucks too, as does snarkiness but not sarcasm cause that's what I do (but I suck too - big time)
Donna Griffin November 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Spooner - Before you know it given the bailout/buyout history of this administration (and the last, to be fair), nail salons will be federally owned. Capitalism is nearly dead. Long live socialism!?!?
Donna Griffin November 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Realitysucks - And my dollar is worth what????
Paul November 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
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Paul November 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Lay-offs, Just like when companies get in trouble and have to do. We need to lay off police, teachers, administrators... called cut backs,only keep what is absolutely necessary. Some of these towns have very small schools. Have one grade per grade level. It could be done. You can't expect one part of a town that was not hit to pay for another. Like Manasquan, Belmar, Spring Lake, etc....It just can't be absorbed. Get rid of all the extra teachers, reading, writing, specialist or in class support..let the grade teacher handle it all. That is how it was at one time, Also get rid of all the unnecessary Administrators, very top heavy for some of these small districts. I can almost guarantee you if you had someone come in from the county or state they can easily be able to make cuts that would not matter. Get rid of the overpriced athletic directors and assistants. I am sure you can hire someone for a lot less money to schedule games. There is some ridiculously overpaid employees that are not needed.
Elaine Buzzeo November 24, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Well, he came and he did as much as Obama did which was nothing, which was just what I expected. Idiot #1 and Idiot #2. Both useless.
Barney November 24, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Joe Biden, such a moron. What a waste of taxpers hard earned money.
Ken G November 24, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Love how this article went from being about Biden visiting Seaside Heights to Unions, the election, Mitt Romney etc.
Spooner November 24, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Donna-capitalism is dead you say. . .I don't think so! Just look at the latest pronouncement from our restaurant industry...there going to cut their full time employees to part time, so they can circumvent ObamaCare penalties. Now if they were so socially minded, they would work with the state and Federal governments to insure affordable medical care for all their employees?

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