SURF CITY - Gov. Chris Christie's mobile cabinet met with residents Thursday afternoon to address concerns on whether the government shutdown would keep FEMA and other federal workers from being able to help Sandy victims.

The group held meetings in Surf City on Long Beach Island. After a 16-day government shutdown, FEMA and other federal employees were back in the mobile cabinet.

Many residents say politicians' just being there to answer questions simply isn't enough.

Joe Karcz is hoping for a Rebuilding and Remediation Grant for his Beach Haven West home that is unlivable and still empty since Sandy. He says he defended it from looters post-Sandy, hurting his knee. Karcz says homeowners are still angry and frustrated.

Councilman Peter Hartney is glad federal workers came, but some residents hoping to get a sit-down with them got restless with only three on hand.

Jill Belloff held signs to make her position clear to federal workers. She's homeless, but isn't angry at elected officials. "I don't think the shutdown really mattered," she says. 

Most FEMA workers were furloughed during the shutdown.