CREATED Oct. 31, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2012
BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling New Jersey residents devastated by a massive storm that "we're going to be here for the long haul."
Joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Obama inspected the devastation from superstorm Sandy, flying high over flooded neighborhoods and sand-strewn streets.
At a community center where people have taken shelter, Obama said one of his top priorities is getting power back on.
Christie said it was "really important" to have the president of the United States in New Jersey.
Obama is officially away from the campaign trail for a third day, but his trip is layered with political implications.
It gives Obama a chance to project leadership in the final days of the tightly-contested White House race. And Christie, his tour guide, has been a supporter of Mitt Romney. Christie has praised Obama's efforts to help states dealing with the storm.
Obama plans to return to the campaign trail tomorrow, with stops planned in Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado.