Suckers. Obama got his photo ops. Now you’re on your own.
Six months after Sandy ravaged the tri-state area, uprooting thousands of trees, decimating homes and submerging cities, many residents say life has mostly returned to normal, though for some, recovery from the deadly storm remains a painstaking process, and “life as normal” a far-away dream that may never be realized.
Separation is the new reality for the Gatti family, a clan of several generations that shared the same three-story home near the ocean on Staten Island until Sandy destroyed it.
The flood-soaked place was demolished months ago, and they’re waiting for a government buyout. Now the family is scattered across New Jersey, New York and Texas.
“The whole family’s separated,” said Marge Gatti, the matriarch. “And it’s terrible, you know?”
Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. Housing, business, tourism and coastal protection all remain major issues with the summer vacation — and hurricane — seasons almost here again.
Meanwhile in the devastated areas of Queens, sign of progress are difficult to find.
“The people whose homes burned down were the lucky ones,” he says. “They had fire insurance and will get paid and will rebuild. But the ones whose homes were flooded are still haggling with insurance companies. I had one work crew before Sandy. I have four crews working now. It’s financially beneficial, but it’s been an emotional nightmare. Friends, neighbors, good decent people just ruined. Many never coming back. There wasn’t a single home untouched by Sandy that I know of in Breezy. And (Gov.) Cuomo, (City Council Speaker Christine) Quinn and (Mayor) Bloomberg all came down and said everything would be expedited. Now the cameras are gone. It’s six months later. And next to nothing has been done. Most of the people from Breezy are living in Marine Park, Bay Ridge, Long Island. It’s eerie here, like a ghost town, especially at night with 2,400 families gone. I don’t see the politicians anymore, either.”
Unless you want to be used as a prop for a photo-op, don’t expect to see any of them. Laughably, Chris Christie claims Obama kept every promise. Good grief.
Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on the 6-month anniversary of the deadly storm, the Republican governor said presidential politics were the last thing on his mind as he toured storm-devastated areas with Obama last fall.
“The president has kept every promise he’s made,” said Christie, widely considered a potential candidate for the republican presidential nomination in 2016. “I think he’s done a good job. He kept his word.”
Judging by his company at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner the other night Christie’s transformation to raging moonbat is pretty much complete.