"I think it's the worst I've seen here in my lifetime in the state. Between storm surges, between the wind, of course we're not through with it yet, it's as bad as I've ever seen." - Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
"If any of you saw the pictures on television, it looked like a forest fire out in the Midwest. The winds were just devastating, blowing from one building to the next one and those buildings were close together. ...The damage we suffered across the city is clearly expensive and it will not be repaired overnight. The two biggest challenges facing our city going forward are getting our mass transit system up and running and restoring power." - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
"Houses are moved off their foundations. There are houses in the middle of Route 35. The amusement pier at Seaside Park is essentially half washed out. I don't know if it was the roller coaster or the log plume is now in the ocean. The second pier, the more southerly pier, is also significantly damaged and some of those amusements are now in the ocean. The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable." - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
"The majority of the city is blacked out right now without power. We have just tremendous storm damage, wires down, trees down, damage to people's property, severe flooding in areas of the city still. We still have a lot of work today to begin to try to get this city cleaned up, hopefully get power restored, which I don't want to give any false hope. It could be days for that." - Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker
"People did heed our warnings. We had an evacuation period from Saturday night until Sunday night. A lot of people got themselves out of harms way. We had driving restrictions on. So I think we were fortunate for that, but we're also fortunate that it just looked like we were spared the worst of it. Our hearts go out to those in other states. Obviously the families of those who have died. And we still do have a lot of people here without power. It could have been a lot worse." - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D)
"Obviously, this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation. And we certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been upended, and are going to be going through some very tough times over the next several days and perhaps several weeks and months. The most important message I have for them is that America is with you. We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet." - President Barack Obama
"We won't be able to solve all the problems with our effort this morning. There are a lot of people that will still be looking for goods, even though we've gathered these things, as you know. But I -- I know that one of the things I've learned in life is that you -- you make the difference you can. And you can't always solve all the problems yourself, but you can make the difference in the life of one or two people as a result of one or two people making an effort." - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holding a relief event in swing-state Ohio on Oct. 30