Governor Christie appeared in Point Beach Thursday and acknowledged that
although recovery along the Jersey Shore has varied from town-to-town,
people should extend their summer vacations into September.
who strolled the Boardwalk during his visit, said some those towns that
were able to rebuild quickly have been recovering faster.
made a note of thanking Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella, and
noted that local residents' efforts helped get the boardwalk and
beaches open in time for summer. He added that none of the state's
beaches were closed for water quality issues this summer.
than $22 million in federal money has come to Ocean County to help
rebuild the Shore after Hurricane Sandy devastated the beach
communities. But local officials from Toms River and Belmar have said
it's a drop in the bucket compared to what they've asked for.
also discussed his visit to Long Beach Island earlier Thursday and
listening to residents who are distressed that they still haven't
returned to their homes, nine months after the storm.
celebrate the boardwalk and people visiting these areas, that doesn't
mean we think everything is done. We have a lot more work to do,"
Christie said, echoing a message he has been delivering throughout the
week at stops along the shore.
Point Boro resident Cynthia Capiris echoed that sentiment.
good we see him here but we need to see more progress," she said, adding the entire community, including area businesses have been affected
and are down this year in Point.
Christie said officials are
working on tallying sales tax revenue figures to help them determine how
local businesses were affected. He noted hearing anecdotal reports of
lower revenues in areas like Wildwood and Seaside.