1. Sandy was NOT a "superstorm". However, it came ashore during the unusual high tide of a full moon. It also took an unusual "left hook" and came in from the east, rather from the south. This caused strong winds from the east to push ocean water into back bays and tidal rivers for more than a day before Sandy came ashore.
2. After previous storms, business and homeowners quickly dried out and cleaned up to minimize the damage. However, after Sandy, Governor Christie ordered State Police to block all roads leading to the beach towns. Residents and business owners were not allowed to return until Friday or Saturday—four to five days after the storm. Then, they were told they would not get compensation if they cleaned or fixed up their properties before government inspectors arrived.
3. Republican NJ Governor Christie lavish praise for Democratic President Obama helped Obama win a very close election on November 6, 2012--one week after the storm. Christie also worked with "swamp" Republicans Obama Democrats in in both the House and Senate to borrow and spend $61 billion for Sandy "relief". This ended years of effort by conservative and "Tea Party" Republicans in Congress to cut spending and put budget limits in place. Much of that Sandy "relief" money helped Christie balance the NJ state budget without tax increases in 2013 when he campaigned for re-election. It gave Christie control of millions of dollars of "Stronger Than The Storm" advertising money to boost his image and create a perception that it was good business for newspapers, and radio and TV stations not to write negative stories about him or stories promoting his political opponents.
4. Shortly after the storm, "woke" Democrats falsely claimed that rich owners of beach homes caused flood damage to their neighbors by objecting to sand dunes in front of their beach homes. Although this was an obvious lie, Republican Chris Christie joined Democrats in repeating it. Christie also forced people in towns like Margate with wide beaches and a wooden seawall to build and pay for sand dunes along their beaches that they didn't want or need.