President Obama on Tuesday paid tribute to the families impacted by the devastating Hurricane Sandy one year ago, promising “their country will stay with them every step of the way.”

“Today, we remember our fellow Americans who lost their lives to that storm, and we comfort the families who grieve them still,” Obama said. “And while there are still homes to rebuild and businesses to reopen, the last year has also served as a reminder of the strength and resilience of the American people.”

In addition to the widespread damage, the storm also carried political repercussions.

Hitting land just ahead of last November's presidential election, Obama played comforter in chief right as Americans were heading to the polls. And in openly embracing a presidential visit to the storm-battered Atlantic Coast, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., drew the ire of some conservatives -- some who say he remains too close to the Democratic president.

Obama on Tuesday promised New Jersey residents that his White House would help complete recovery efforts.

“There’s more work to do, but that’s the spirit with which we’ll continue to do it for our fellow Americans who still need a hand,” Obama said.

He added, “That’s who we are as Americans — we take care of our own. We leave nobody behind.”