Obama and Gov. Christie Reunite to Tour Sandy Rebuilding Efforts


"Let's have some good times on the New Jersey shore this summer and next summer and the summer after that and all year long," he said. "America, bring your family and friends, spend a little money on the Jersey Shore. You'll find the friendliest folks on earth, some of the best people on earth, and you'll see even after a tough couple of months this place is as special as ever because down the shore, everything's still all right."

The president's trip came just two days after he traveled to Moore, Okla., to survey the damage caused by a tornado that killed 24 people and where he met with first responders and families affected by last week's storms.

As he highlighted the cooperation between the federal, state and local authorities in revitalizing the New Jersey coastline, President Obama said the trip to the shore was meant to send a message of commitment not just to the people of New Jersey, but also to the community of Moore, Okla., which the president mistakenly referred to as "Monroe."

"When we make a commitment that we've got your back, we mean it, and we're not going to finish unit the work is done, because that's who we are," he said. "We help each other as Americans through the bad times, and we sure make the most of the good times."

While the president was in New Jersey, the first lady hosted children affected by Sandy to harvest the White House kitchen garden in Washington, D.C.

The White House said the president's return to the Jersey Shore reiterated his commitment to follow through on the recovery efforts stemming from Hurricane Sandy.

"The recovery effort in the aftermath of Sandy is still ongoing and there are still a lot of people in these communities who are hurting and are still struggling to come back from the blow that that storm dealt to them," Josh Earnest, the White House principal deputy press secretary, told reporters Sunday. "But the president made a promise in the aftermath of that storm that he would continue to focus on that recovery effort and that the federal government would continue to focus on that recovery effort long after the nation's attention, or at least the media's attention, had turned elsewhere."

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