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Former President Jimmy Carter was in Union Beach over the weekend to talk about rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Monmouth County, where Union Beach is located, lost about 2,000 homes in the storm, and even a year later is still in need of assistance.

President Carter takes a week off every year to go and help Habitat for Humanity, and this year Union Beach was his last stop. About 200 volunteers worked with him on sixteen homes there. He says that Habitat for Humanity is not only an extension of his Christian values, but an example for all Americans, showing them that they should lend a hand and work together especially in a time of disaster.

Carter welcomes everyone to come together for a common goal, especially Republicans and Democrats. “My rule to come here is to work side by side with volunteers. I’m sure half of them are Democrats, half of them are Republicans. I don’t care. That’s what they need to do in Washington.” He said.

Besides commenting on the current situation in Washington, Carter also thinks there’s an issue that Congress needs to address. “People need affordable housing. When Congress eventually gets around to doing some work and considering how they spend some money, we’re hoping that some of that money will be spent to provide people with affordable housing.” He said.

Some are questioning the timing of Carter’s appearance, only weeks before elections in the Garden State. Others people think that the former president’s actions should be commended regardless of his possible motives, especially when he’s helping in a devastated area.

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