Host Bill Spadea asked reporter Meg Baker about the visit from former President Jimmy Carter to Union Beach, a town that was Meg reported still looks like it could have been hit last week. Monmouth County, where Union Beach is located lost over 2,000 homes. Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn had been working with Habitat for Humanity and operate the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, where they lead this project one week out of the year. He is 89 and his wife is 86, and they still help in the construction of homes. Bill Spadea was skeptical that the Carter’s just happened to come into New Jersey prior to the election, but Meg did not want to politicize this effort and will be volunteering with the cause and plans to get her hands dirty and help build a house.
Bill then stated that during a coffee break, they all discussed what to do for the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy coming up on October 29th. Each of the chasers will be adopting one town that was hit hard by the super storm and report on it. Is it better now than before the storm or worse than ever?
Bill chose Seaside Heights, not only decimated by the hurricane, but then a victim of the massive fire on the boardwalk after the rebuilding.
Sibile Marcellus will adopt Mantoloking. Atlantic City will be adopted by Bill Anderson, the town that also brought the ire of Governor Christie for not evacuating, so Bill will be looking at the political implications as well as the damage from the storm. Ronica Cleary will be looking at Ventnor, where her aunt owned a home and where she spent many happy summers there. Kate Mosso will be looking after Ortley Beach. When she was there for a story two months ago, it was like a ghost town. She is hoping things are getting better. Meg Baker will be taking on Long Beach Island, because her family lives right off the island and in Manahawkin, there were boats on the causeway that washed up there and they are still dealing with issues of rebuilding.
Jessica Nutt reported that HBO was doing a documentary about Hurricane Sandy and covering the last year of recovery. They are also hosting an event at the end of their filming. The event will be in Union Beach with Jersey Joe Piscopo in attendance with more info to follow. Tamara Laine stated that HBO did a documentary after Hurricane Katrina, and they are following suit with Sandy. Bill asked if there was a political point of view, and Kate said she heard it was rumored to bash Governor Christie, but they will wait and see how it plays out on future episodes of “Chasing New Jersey.”
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