Viewing damage, Biden vows to help

Recalling his roots as a Northeasterner “literally raised on the shore,” Vice President Joe Biden pledged unswerving federal support Sunday for the areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“This is a national responsibility,” Biden said, standing before a heap of discarded wood on the Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J.

He promised, referring to himself, that the state had a “homeboy” in the White House.

The visit came less than three weeks after President Barack Obama’s well-publicized tour of New Jersey with Chris Christie, the state’s Republican governor, just days before the presidential election.