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Senator Booker tours Sandy-damaged Downe Township

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More than a year since Hurricane Sandy, many residents along the Bayshore Community feel as though their cries for help have not been heard.

"As much as there's been about sandy relief, there's been no relief."

That was the observation made by Senator Cory Booker Tuesday afternoon after touring the Fortescue section of Downe Township, an area still seeking aid after being devastated by Hurricane Sandy more than a year ago.

"This is an area of the state that has really been forgotten in my opinion and it really has to be remembered," said Senator Booker.

Mayor Robert Campbell lead the Senator on a tour of storm damaged bulkheads and properties and hopes this visit finally gives the Bayshore Communities the attention they need.

"I think that the Senator got a good feeling of the hopelessness the people have had here the past year. I think that gives the people some hope finally," said Mayor Campbell.

"I don't think the rest of the state realizes how much urgency and charges are still going on,” said the Senator.

“We have a state in crisis. We can't forget that. "

Dozens of Fortescue residents and business owners spoke with the Senator and expressed a feeling of relief that recovery may be on the way.

"We have been unheard, our voices are pretty strong but we haven't gotten any responses,” said resident Kathy Weisenburg.

“And for him to be here and shake our hands and meet with us, it means so much."

And while he admits there is a lot of work to be done, the senator is happy to be joining the effort and hopes that together they can make a difference.

"There have been heroes fighting down here for a long time,” said Senator Booker.

“I'm just happy to be a part of the team"

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