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President Obama to tour Jersey Shore with Governor Chris Christie

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On Tuesday President Obama will tour the Jersey Shore with Governor Chris Christie to review recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the Hurricane Sandy that struck the east coast of the United States in 2012. 

Hurricane Sandy affected a total of 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and west across Michigan and Wisconsin, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York.

The storm surge from Sandy hit New York City on October 29, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines. The storm also cut power in and around the city. Fuel supply ran short as pumps could not operate to deliver much needed automotive fuel to trapped citizens. 

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie ordered all residents of barrier islands from Sandy Hook to Cape May to evacuate and closed Atlantic City casinos. Tolls were suspended on the northbound Garden State Parkway and the westbound Atlantic City Expressway starting at 6 a.m. on October 28.

President Obama signed an emergency declaration for New Jersey, allowing the state to request federal funding and other assistance for actions taken before Sandy's landfall.

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