RECOVERY

Obama to NJ: 'We're Here to Help'

Mel Evans / AP

Homes, businesses and a church are flooded Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, near the Passaic River in Paterson, N.J., as the effects of Hurricane Irene continue to leave areas of northern New Jersey flooded.

President Obama visited Paterson, New Jersey Sunday afternoon to tour the parts of the city ravanged by floods from Hurricane Irene. "You guys hang in there," Obama told residents. "We're going to do everything we can to help you." The state's third-largest city is still struggling with flooding a week after the storm hit. Obama—accompanied by N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and the state's two Democratic senators and other officials—said he would not let "Washington politics" stop the relief efforts.