Obama and Christie to tour Jersey Shore recovery

The President will survey efforts to rebuild the shore after the damage from Hurricane Sandy

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 28, 2013 12:58PM (EDT)

President Obama will tour the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to survey the state's rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

From the Washington Post:

During remarks at the Asbury Park Convention Hall after his tour, Obama is expected to praise the resilience of the local communities, while also emphasizing the federal government’s response to the storm, which has been widely praised, including by Christie. By shining a spotlight on the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the president is able to endorse the role of government at a time when public attitudes toward the IRS have soured.

Obama “will underscore his administration’s ongoing commitment to stand with the impacted communities as the important work of recovery continues,” the White House said in a statement.

The President just finished a visit to Moore, Okla., which was devastated in last week's tornado. "Obviously the damage here is pretty hard to comprehend," Obama said.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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