November 01, 2012 08:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
While many in the holiday spirit celebrated Halloween, those at the Jersey Shore continue to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy caused massive destruction along the Northeast. Seaside communities along New Jersey’s coastline were slammed after Hurricane Sandy made landfall. Seaside Heights, the popular resort town thrust into the national spotlight thanks to MTV’s reality series, Jersey Shore took a beating from the super storm. The crippling damage was so bad in N.J. that President Barack Obama toured the Garden State with Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. More info and the catastrophic pictures from the Jersey Shore are after the jump.
The historical storm wreaked havoc on major cities like New York City and Philadelphia; grounded thousands of flights; shut down electricity for millions and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Seaside Heights was among the hard-hit beach towns in N.J. where extensive flooding, hurricane winds and torrential rains forever changed the town’s landscape. Even the beloved Boardwalk wasn’t spared as amusement rides were ripped from the boards and hurled into the Atlantic Ocean. Several Jersey Shore stars have expressed concern via Twitter for residents battling the natural disaster.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi said, “Seaside Heights suffered bad from the hurricane and my prayers go out to everyone affected! We all are fine here…love you JS.”
Vinny Guadagnino wrote, “Thoughts and prayers to my second home and fam in Seaside NJ.”
DJ Pauly D tweeted, “Thinking of everyone on the east coast stay safe through this horrible time #hurricanesandy.”
Officials have acknowledged the long road ahead but continue to stay positive despite the sad conditions. On Wednesday, Obama landed at the Atlantic City International Airport on Air Force One to meet with Christie. The Commander-in-Chief joined the Governor for a tour of the damage aboard Marine One before stopping in Brigantine, N.J. to meet with homeowners. Christie and Obama visited a shelter in Brigantine and spent some time talking with locals.
At the end of their tour Christie said, “This is the worst storm that I’ve seen in my lifetime in this state. But we cannot permit that sorrow to replace the resilience that I know all New Jerseyans have. And so we will get up and we’ll get this thing rebuilt, and we’ll put things back together, because that’s what this state is all about.”
The President also had a message for residents in the coastal communities, “We are here for you and we will not forget; we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you’re rebuilt.”
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Photo Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen