Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), whose district includes portions of Monmouth and Middlesex County and a large stretch of the Jersey Shore, released the following statement regarding the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey:
"The devastation caused by Sandy has been shocking and remarkable. I have never seen worse storm damage in our area. My thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones and to all who have been affected by this dramatic weather event. Homes, businesses and public spaces that have been enjoyed by New Jerseyans and tourists for decades have been destroyed and it is clear that we have a long road ahead to rebuild and get our lives back to normal.
"As I continue to visit impacted communities throughout New Jersey, I have been shocked at what I have seen. There are still many threats to public safety including downed power lines, gas leaks, flooding and structural damage to buildings, docks and beaches. It is critical that all New Jerseyans continue to heed all warnings from officials as conditions are still dangerous in many areas and emergency crews are working to restore services throughout the region.
"I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of all of our firefighters, police and emergency workers who are feverishly working to get things back to normal as fast as possible. While so many of us are being affected by power outages, road closures and other effects of the storm, it is important to remain as patient as possible as crews are working to get things up and running again.
"I have no doubt that we will be able to recover from Sandy's destruction, but it will most likely be a long and costly process. I am committed to doing everything possible to help all of the families, individuals, businesses and communities impacted by the storm and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work to restore normalcy to our area. We will all need to pitch in and help to rebuild New Jersey and I am eager to work with all of our partners to get the job done. Together, we will get through this.
"As always, residents should feel free to contact my offices in Long Branch at (732) 571-1140, New Brunswick at (732) 249-8892 or Washington, D.C. at (202) 225-4671 for important information or to contact my staff for help. Currently, my District Offices in New Jersey do not have power, so please contact my Washington, D.C. office or email us by visiting my website at www.pallone.house.gov and follow me on facebook and twitter @frankpallone."