A man looks at damaged homes on Fort Avenue in Ortley Beach, N.J., Sunday, May 26, 2013. While parts of New Jersey’s shore has made great progress over the past seven months, towns still have a long way to go to recover from Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Kevin R. Wexler)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking to get his groove back — at the beach.
A post-Hurricane Sandy tour of the New Jersey coast line on Tuesday, gives the president a chance for a three-point play that can move him ahead of the recent controversies that have dogged the White House. With New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie at Obama’s side, effective government, bipartisanship and economic opportunity will be the unmistakable message in the face of the coastal recovery.
For Obama, the tour helps him continue redirecting the political conversation after two weeks of dealing with the fallout over the administration’s response to terror attacks last September in Benghazi, Libya, the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department’s review of journalist phone records as part of a leak investigation.
The visit occurs as Congress is away for a Memorial Day holiday break, a weeklong recess that likely will silence the daily attention lawmakers, particularly Republicans, had been paying to the three political upheavals. It also comes just days after Obama started Login to read more