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UPDATED: President Obama Arrives in Atlantic City

The president arrived in Air Force One, met with Gov. Christie and departed for a tour of the devastation left by Sandy.

UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has requested Governor Chris Christie lift travel restrictions on Brigantine, Margate and Longport after touring those areas on Wednesday, according to county officials. Christie, who was in Brigantine with President Barack Obama Wednesday afternoon, must approve the request before residents can return to those areas.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie returned to the airport just after 2:30. The two were picked up by a cavalcade to be driven to Brigantine, where they are expected to make a statement about the devastation left by Tropical Storm Sandy.

ORIGINAL: President Barack Obama has arrived in New Jersey for an aerial tour of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Sandy, which hit landfall in Atlantic City Monday night.

Air Force One arrived at Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31. Obama was greeted by Gov. Chris Christie, and the two promptly boarded a green and white helicopter, headed for Atlantic City.

Neither Obama or Christie made a statement or took questions from the media. They are expected to make a stop at the Marina in Brigantine, where they are scheduled to make a statement.

The tour is expected to last a few hours, with the estimated time of return to the airport set for 4:40 p.m.

"This visit by the president is extremely imortant," said Congressman Frank LoBiondo, who was in attendance for the president's arrival Wednesday afternoon. "I'm pleased the president honored Gov. Christie's emergency declaration so quickly. ... The real work is yet to come. The president being here reinforces that New Jersey took the direct hit."

LoBiondo called the president's quick arrival in the state "a model of how to move quickly."

"I just hope we don't see the bureaucracy get in the way from here," LoBiondo said.

LoBiondo has already seen the damage in western Cumberland County, Cape May and Atlantic County.

"There's a lot of standing water," LoBiondo said, adding that the dunes have prevented many properties from being damaged. "It's a testmanent to the army corps of engineers and the managers in the different municipalities who were so well prepared."

John October 31, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I hope Jon Corzine isn't driving them!!
Mister Mike November 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
LOL, although Gov. Jon Corzine wasn't driving when he was seriously injured in the single vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway. A NJ State trooper was, as his assigned driver.
Mister Mike November 01, 2012 at 03:41 AM
OH, the bitching and moaning that must be going on now by Patch readers in the Central NJ shore towns (i.e. especially the upscale LBI towns), that the Pres and Gov didn't visit any of them and limited their on-land visits to Absecon Island towns and Brigantine. Of course , the vast majority of those people bitching about that now are probably the ones that were critical of Pres Obama and downright nasty yesterday in their posts that he has going to visit some NJ shore towns. Also, talk about assuming things in the Cranford Patch posts yesterday. The assumptions were that Air Force One would impede air and road traffic to the just reopened Newark International Airport and block people from having access to get back to their homes. Guess they never considered that there's an international airport in Atlantic County, South Jersey, the Pres and Gov would ever visit South Jersey shore towns over theirs and that it's Gov Christie not Pres Obama that controls the still in effect travel restrictions (and rightfully so on both accounts), into most of the shore towns up and down the NJ coastline.
Unknown November 01, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Too little too late.........NOBAMA
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