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Seaside Heights, NJ economy at risk

Entire economy of NJ resort town struck by Sandy at risk

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. | November 18, 2012

"This is a national responsibility"

—Joe Biden

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told Vice President Joe Biden the "entire economy" of the Seaside Heights resort, struck by superstorm Sandy, may be at risk.

Guadagno accompanied Biden Sunday on a tour of damage from Sandy. When he asked about damage in the Seaside Heights region, she said, "If we dont get Seaside Heights back up, we're going to lose our entire economy."

When he asked about damage further south, in the Cape May area, he was told damage was not as severe as it was around Seaside Heights.

Biden and Guadagno toured the Seaside Heights area with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J., and several Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.

After a helicopter tour, Biden traveled by a motorcade to a firehouse in Seaside Heights, where he met with firefighters, police officers and local officials.

"How many of you guys are out of your homes right now?" Biden asked.

Most of those in attendance raised their hands.

Following a tour of devastation along the Seaside Heights boardwalk, Biden said the federal government will help New Jersey and other affected states rebuild.

"This is going to be a long process. this is going to be an expensive process," he said.

"This is a national responsibility," he said. "this is not a local responsibility."

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