Assembly Members Get Firsthand Look At Storm Damage [PHOTOS]
First time pictures of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy are being seen for the first time as members of the New Jersey Assembly are getting a firsthand look at storm-damaged coastal towns from Seaside Heights to Mantoloking.
The lawmakers want to see the damage as they prepare to work on rebuilding and storm protection issues. Many are getting emotional at their first look at the damage.
Townsquare Media New Jersey's David Matthau is sharing pictures from the tour including never-before seen pictures of Camp Osborne in Brick where a fire burned 104 homes at the end of Sandy's lashing of the coast. David is also seeing new angles of the Jet Star roller coaster in the ocean as well as taking pictures of destruction in Normandy Beach.
“Assembly members have been devoted to working tirelessly on constituent needs since the storm, but as we move toward rebuilding and recovery, it also will be crucial to know exactly what the state and our residents and businesses are facing," said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver prior to the tour.
Lavallette Mayor Walter La Cicero is telling them his town needs more time to repay $4 million in emergency bonds after Hurricane Sandy.
La Cicero met Assembly members on the Seaside Heights boardwalk Thursday.
The mayor says five years isn't enough time to pay back the money being used to repair roads and replace the destroyed police headquarters. He's hoping for legislation to extend the repayment period to 20 years.
Gov. Chris Christie has requested $36.8 billion in federal storm aid for New Jersey.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.