Hurricane Sandy hit our area of the Jersey Shore pretty bad, and I am worried about people overlooking the importance of helping local businesses rebuild. We face an economic decline if we don't support our greatest asset: small businesses.
If the storm has taught us anything, it is that the New Jersey we grew up in is gone, both literally and figuratively. When we begin experiencing 100-year storms seemingly every year we must take a serious look at both our existing infrastructure and how we rebuild our state.
Sandy has certainly bruised our coastline, but it hasn't broken our spirit. We will rebuild. We will come back. With your help, we will feed the displaced, clean up the wreckage, and restore the shore that I love and have always called home.
Being there, in Manchester, on Thanksgiving, seemed strange and eerie, an almost guilty pleasure. Here we were, sitting down with my father and family, eating a big meal, while so many others are still struggling.