May 28 - U.S. President Barack Obama tossed a football on the New Jersey boardwalk to promote tourism in the state which is still rebuilding seven months after Hurricane Sandy. Deborah Gembara reports.
President Obama joined Governor Chris Christie for a stroll along New Jersey's rebuilt boardwalk with one goal in mind --- to encourage travelers to come visit. TEASER SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying: "America, bring your family and friends. Spend a little money on the Jersey Shore. You'll find some of the friendliest folks on Earth, some of the best beaches on Earth. And you'll see that even after a tough couple of months, this place is as special as ever, and down the Shore, everything is still all right." Just seven seven months earlier, New Jersey was reeling from Hurricane Sandy. The devastation and the government's quick response made allies of Democrat Obama and Republican Christie. The President underscored the federal government's commitment to helping those in disaster areas recover. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying: "Part of the reason I wanted to come back here was not just to send a message to New Jersey, but send a message to folks in Oklahoma: When we make a commitment that we've got your back, we mean it - and we're not going to finish until the work is done. Because that's who we are. We help each other as Americans through the bad times, and we sure make the most of the good times." Obama, who has struggled in the past weeks to move beyond criticism of his administration's handling of Benghazi and the IRS controversy, has made a point of stressing a speedy government response to disaster areas