Mr. Speaker- Hurricane Sandy was an unprecedented storm that left a devastating impact on the New Jersey and New York region- damaging homes, businesses, and leaving millions without power.
My district was hit particularly hard. Numerous substations in our area were submerged under water, leaving many residents without electricity for nearly two weeks.
As a result, thousands of lineman have worked around the clock to assist those in need and help to restore power.
Not only have those in the New Jersey and New York region joined together to help those impacted by Sandy, but hundreds of individuals from across the country have come to lend a hand to the people of New Jersey.
Just the other day as I was touring the damaged areas of my district, I saw license plates that ranged from Wisconsin to Louisiana.
I want to thank all the workers and volunteers whether they have come from around the block or hundreds of miles away to assist our region in recovery.
While the road ahead to full recovery will be long- there is no doubt that the progress we have made over the past two weeks could not have been possible without the assistance of individuals from across the country.
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I yield back.