President Obama visited the Brigantine Community Center this afternoon, along with Senator Lautenberg and Governor Christie and Brigantine Mayor; Phil Guenther.
As of this writing, those stranded in Brigantine… and non-resident homeowners… are pleading / demanding that someone in city government share some information… of what’s going on.
The following is drawn from White House pool and staff reports Wednesday. Record staff writer Karen Sudol is the local pool reporter.
2:34 p.m.: The motorcade is loaded up and rolling toward Brigantine.
2:32 p.m.: Obama landed at Atlantic City International Airport following a nearly hour-long helicopter tour of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. He stepped out of Marine One and entered an awaiting car
2:56 p.m.: The motorcade arrived at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, which is serving as a shelter for local residents. At the storm’s peak, 200 people were sleeping in the center’s gym. Currently, there are approximately 50 people staying overnight with many others coming throughout the day to eat, charge their electronics and take hot showers.
3:01 p.m.: Obama, Christie and FEMA administrator Fugate enter the community center. It’s a room with 16 tables with eight chairs at each table. All but one of the tables are full of people.
“I want to let you know that your governor is working overtime” to repair damages in the state, Obama said. “The entire country has been watching what’s been happening. Everybody knows how hard Jersey has been hit.”
Obama is expected to make a statement to the pool at another location after this. On the way here from the airport the motorcade went through Atlantic City proper but did not stop. No sign of the Atlantic City mayor or other local officials yet, though we are told some will be present for remarks later.