New York struggles, Obama tours New Jersey damage
By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Oct 31, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's beginning to sound like New York again. The closing bell rang at the New York Stock Exchange. Jammed buses crept along in snarled traffic because subway trains still aren't rolling. In the air, some jets have started taking off again from JFK and Newark Airports. LaGuardia will have limited service in the morning.
Two days after it struck, Superstorm Sandy has killed at least 63 people. More than 6 million households and businesses, most of them in the New York area, still don't have power. Progress is being made. Water is being pumped out of subway stations and limited train service will resume tomorrow. The shows are going again on Broadway.
In New Jersey, President Barack Obama saw the devastation for himself. In some shoreline communities, streets are still canals and there is widespread devastation from high winds and Sandy's storm surge. With Gov. Chris Christie at his side, Obama vowed that storm victims won't be forgotten and will get the help they need. Christie, an active backer of challenger Mitt Romney, praised Obama for his response and thanked him for "his personal concern and compassion."
Obama said the federal response, including the military, will be focused on hardest hit areas of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and West Virginia, where Sandy dumped heavy snow.