President Barack Obama is telling New Jersey residents devastated by a massive storm that "we're going to be here for the long haul."

Marine One carries President Obama and Governor Christie over Atlantic City (Twitter)

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.

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