Payne Greets President at Jersey Shore

May 28, 2013
Press Release

Asbury Park, N.J. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) traveled to Asbury Park, New Jersey to greet President Barack Obama and survey the recovery of the Jersey Shore – an area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

“It was a pleasure to welcome President Obama to New Jersey and thank him for being instrumental in ensuring we have the resources we need to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” said Rep. Payne, Jr.  “New Jerseyans are tough, and as I walked the boardwalk, it was uplifting to see that so many families are back in their homes and businesses are open for business. Over the last seven months I have been meeting with FEMA officials and working with my colleagues in Congress to get the Sandy aid these communities desperately need, but there is still more to do. Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to rebuild so that New Jersey is stronger and more vibrant than ever before.”

Rep. Payne, Jr. serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on the House Committee on Homeland Security.  He spent the day walking the boardwalk and speaking with shop owners about their stories of recovery and their concerns moving forward as they work to rebuild. 

In February, Rep. Payne, Jr. met with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate at their national headquarters in Washington, DC to discuss FEMA’s activities with respect to Hurricane Sandy and lessons learned in their preparation, mitigation, and response to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.