NJ lawmakers get firsthand look at storm damage

Legislators will tour areas from Seaside Heights to

Legislators will tour areas from Seaside Heights to Mantoloking. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

SEASIDE HEIGHTS -  

Democrats and Republicans who hold leadership positions in the New Jersey Assembly are getting a firsthand look at storm-damaged coastal towns today.
 
The head of the state police, Col. Rick Fuentes, is leading legislators on a tour from Seaside Heights to Mantoloking.
 
The lawmakers want to see the damage as they prepare to work on rebuilding and storm protection issues. They also plan to meet with Shore residents. <p>
 
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, of Essex County, says it's critical for leaders to see exactly what residents and business owners are facing as they recover from Sandy.
 
Gov. Chris Christie has requested $36.8 billion in federal storm aid for New Jersey. 
 
AP wire services contributed to this report. 

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