Jon Bon Jovi Reacts to New Jersey Post-Sandy: ‘It’s Hard to See Your Hometown Devastated Like This’ (VIDEO)

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When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi was in London. Needless to say, he got back to the states as soon as he could. For the rock star, Sandy hit home — literally.

On Friday, the rock star appeared on Today to talk about his recent visit to his hometown and how many of his neighbors are still suffering in Sandy’s wake.

“It was heard to see your hometown devastated like this and people I grew up with,” he said. “My grammer school was turned into a shelter.”

“People’s homes are gone, and they’re saying to me, ‘We are now homeless,'” he added. “These are hard-working, blue collar people.”

For the frontman, the iconic Jersey Shore was a place full of laughter and happy memories. The boardwalk also served as the backdrop for Bon Jovi’s “In and Out of Love.”

Still, Bon Jovi hasn’t lost hope in the Garden State. The rocker is urging his fellow Americans to donate to relief efforts as he prepares to perform in NBC’s upcoming Hurricane Sandy benefit concert.

“I think as Americans, we all come together in these times of need,” he told Today hosts. “We feel like we’re all New Yorkers. We’ve been through it before.”

Hosted by NBC’s Matt Lauer, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” airs Friday night on NBC Universal’s TV networks and HBO at 8PM ET. It will also be simulcast on Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio station on SiriusXM and stream live on

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