With the Senate postponing Tuesday's originally scheduled debate until Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., stayed home to lend a hand — and a shovel.
“[Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell made the right call, it really helps out those who were in the storm,” Booker told HOH.
Around 7 a.m., the senator started his day in Camden to assess the snow damage. His team and Camden Mayor Dana Redd dug out cars in the city and shoveled driveways, especially for senior citizens. “Getting out there in the field today, I think this was really important,” Booker said. “It is really a time now when people are starting to come clean up for us to come through.” Such hands-on work is nothing new to Booker, who in April 2012 rescued a neighbor from a burning building, when he was mayor of Newark, much to his mayoral security detail's chagrin.
Clad in a red Rutgers University sweatshirt and jeans, Booker shoveled and then around 9 a.m., headed to West Wildwood, a town on the coast ravaged by flood waters.
The senator received a tweet to check on a family with four children there and he responded, “I will knock on the door and check in on the family. Can you DM me their number?”
Arriving at the house around 11 a.m., he said it was “heartbreaking.” A young couple with four children had to be rescued from their home because the water had risen so much, according to the senator. “Water was up to their beds,” he said. The family was carried out by firefighters.
Also in West Wildwood, Booker was joined by Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-N.J. and West Wildwood Mayor Christopher J. Fox to assess snow and water damage. “Families are going through really hell,” he said.
In an interview with NBC on Sunday, Fox said tides are higher in West Wildwood from this snow storm than Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Around 12:30 p.m., Booker, LoBiondo and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., traveled up the coast and assessed damage in Sea Isle City, then Atlantic City.
GOP presidential hopeful and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was back in New Hampshire to campaign at the end of the weekend blizzard. He said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" Monday there is no residual flooding damage or bad storm impact in New Jersey. When confronted at a Monday town hall about not being in the state, he responded, "I don’t know what you expect me to do. You want me to go down there with a mop?" according to NBC10 Philadelphia .
Correction: A previous version of this post misidentified the city Booker was the mayor of.
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