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May 14th, 2013
09:45 AM ET

Prince Harry visits Seaside Heights & Meets with NJ Governor Chris Christie – Poppy Harlow reports

 On Day 6 of his U.S. tour, Prince Harry visits Seaside Heights to tour areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy CNN's Poppy Harlow reports from Seaside Heights, NJ. 

Chris Christie is 'grateful' that Prince Harry is bringing awareness back to the recovery and rebuilding effort in New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy.

Later today Prince Harry will visit New York City.  He will go to Harlem, and attended a baseball with inner-city youth.  Later today he will also attend an event with Prime Minister David Cameron to promote economic interests in the United Kingdom.  Finally, Prince Harry will attend an event to raise money for several of his foundations.

Filed under: Royal family • Superstorm Sandy
January 3rd, 2013
07:28 AM ET

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) outraged over House GOP's handling of Sandy aid vote: says tea party doesn't care about red states

This morning Speaker Boehner is pledging to make a Sandy relief bill a priority in the new Congress after abruptly pulling a similar bill late Tuesday night, right after the House passed the fiscal cliff deal. That move had lawmakers on both sides of the aisle enraged and politicians in the Northeast venting their anger.

New Jersey's outspoken governor, Republican Chris Christie, said yesterday: “National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night. Last night politics was placed before hosts to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”

Boehner says lawmakers will vote tomorrow for a $9 billion measure, with more money later. Congressman Frank Pallone is a Democrat from New Jersey. His district includes Union Beach and Belmar, both towns hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Outraged this morning over Congress’ handling of the Sandy aid vote, he joins us live from Washington.

Rep. Pallone agrees with Governor Christie’s assessment that politics came into play here. He even concludes that the Tea Party doesn’t consider a natural disaster in a blue state as important as a natural disaster in a red state, and that is the reason why Speaker Boehner neglected the Sandy relief bill. “I really think that the speaker doesn't care about New York and New Jersey,” he says. “The fact of the matter is that he was afraid to bring this up yesterday, in my opinion, because the Tea Party and the right wing did not want to vote for the spending bill for…New York and New Jersey.”

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Filed under: Aid • Relief • Superstorm Sandy
December 28th, 2012
06:37 AM ET

Teens from Florida based bands raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims; Nicholas McDonald, 17, & George Pennington, 16, perform live

Many musicians jumped in to offer help after Superstorm Sandy hit the northeast. Several big name artists like The Rolling Stones and Billy Joel performed in an epic concert here in Madison Square Garden earlier this month to aid victims of the storm. But there were also many smaller benefits around the country, including one put on by two bands from Tampa—"Stix of Fire" and "Circle 4".

Made up of high school teens, the young artists raised almost $6000 for a relief fund, saying they did it because so many people have offered help to them during their own local disasters and they wanted to do the same for victims of Sandy. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas McDonald of is a member of "Stix Of Fire" and 16-year-old George Pennington is a member of "Circle 4”. They come to “Early Start” this morning with their story and a live acoustic performance.

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Filed under: Aid • Music • Superstorm Sandy