Prince Harry joins Gov. Chris Christie on tour of storm-damaged NJ
Prince Harry continued his American tour Tuesday with a visit to New Jersey to inspect residential areas still devastated by last fall’s Superstorm Sandy.
With Gov. Chris Christie as his tour guide, the prince played arcade games and strolled along the boardwalk of Seaside Heights, where a roller coaster hurled by Sandy into the sea remains in the water. Earlier, he also met with police during a visit to Mantoloking, a community where more than 500 homes were destroyed or damaged by the storm.
Harry said he was impressed by the recovery effort in the area.
“It’s the American spirit, isn’t it? Everyone getting together and making things right,” the prince said. “It’s fantastic.”
He visit began on a lighter note, when Christie presented him with one of the governor's signature navy blue fleece jackets.
The prince then headed to New York, where he met up with British Prime Minister David Cameron for an event to promote British trade. The two, who are on separate official visits, arrived at Manhattan's Milk Studios on a red double-decker bus. The prince later was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at acommunity baseball program.
Harry’s return to the East Coast comes off his weekend visit to Colorado where he cheered on wounded veterans competing in the Warrior Games.
He also got a chance to sing "happy birthday" to Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, who had just turned 18 and was celebrating at a party inside a Denver golf club.
Harry began his tour last Thursday with a Capitol Hill visit to promote the charity work of his one his mother’s favorite groups, HALO Trust, a landmine-clearing organization. The prince then headed to the White House to help first lady Michelle Obama surprise guests attending a Mother's Day tea for military moms.
On Friday, Harry headed to Arlington National Cemetery to pay his respects, laying wreaths and personal notes at several sites. He also visited wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The prince's current visit to the States starkly contrasts his last visit in August 2012 after the Summer Olympics. He spent several days in Las Vegas, where he was famously photographed nude by friends he met at the time. Harry later said he showed poor judgment, and that “I let my family down, I let other people down” with the incident.