MANVILLE – President Joe Biden has landed in New Jersey, departing Marine One as he begins to tour the damage here wrought by Hurricane Ida. The President landed at La Guardia Airport then flew on Marine One to Manville.
The President’s helicopter was accompanied by three Marine Ospreys, with press onboard.
Reps. Frank Pallone, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Tom Malinowski, and Governor Tom Murphy stood on the tarmac and greeted the president.
Immediately upon landing, Murphy and Biden jumped aboard ground transportation for Manville, past anti- and pro-Biden signs outside Central Jersey Airport.
Watson Coleman remarked that ‘it’s a good thing we have a smart President in there, who’s prepared to handle everything hitting at once’.
President Joe Biden comes to the historically blue collar town that has a history of toughness in the face of flooding, the hazards of the workplace, and environmental injustice, where one of the victims this time is a young and courageous woman who had extraordinary promise.
Manville has suffered the ravages of flooding for decades.
Entire portions of the town routinely sit under water in the aftermath of high impact storms.
It’s always been a hard place, and a place of heart.
But other counties and other towns want equal access to FEMA disaster relief.
Biden approved major disaster declarations Monday greenlighting federal aid for people in six New Jersey counties and five New York counties affected by devastating flooding last week from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
“Why do citizens have to be excluded by address rather than need as caused by the exact disaster?” Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28) wanted to know. “More deaths in New Jersey than Louisiana.”
Sources say other New Jersey counties impacted by Ida will indeed receive disaster designation.
By the time they reached Hillsborough, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Somerset County Commission Director Shanel Robinson, as well as mayors from area towns, among them Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, had joined the president’s caravan.