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Governor Christie Tours Seaside Boardwalk

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With summer right around the corner, many New Jerseyeans are wondering about Sandy recovery efforts along the Jersey Shore. Last Friday, Governor Chris Christie visited the newly rebuilt Seaside Heights boardwalk where he discussed the continuing efforts being made in order to restore the shore to its original state. In the past year, Seaside Heights has faced numerous challenges in order to restore its boardwalk; including a fire that destroyed large sections of the wooden walkways on September 12th.

During his visit, many locals praised the governor’s recovery efforts, including the workers currently rebuilding the boardwalk.

"Hey Governor! Can I get a selfie?" One eager construction worker said to Christie. The governor soon obliged and thanked the construction worker for all his hard work.

Once Governor Christie formally greeted those in attendance, he spoke candidly about what New Jerseyeans should expect once the summer season officially kicks-off.

"I'll be able to say by this summer, all 33 of New Jersey boardwalks are rebuilt," Christie explained.

Although recovery efforts seem to be going fairly well, families are still struggling to make ends meet and provide adequate shelter to those who are currently displaced by Superstorm Sandy. People like Kelly Brier, whose three year old daughter caught the governor’s attention back in February, are still struggling to get their family back on their feet. Currently, the Briers are helping their parents who were also displaced by Sandy and are moving away to live on a couch because their FEMA funded housing expires on April 30th and they have no place to go.

Jim McQueeny, host of NJ Now, spoke about these stories of displaced citizens and discussed how it's not the full picture.

“I think the real story is, cut the governor some slack here. We spend a lot of time here on the politics of everything. Nearly 90% of these claims have already been processed all the way through. There's $5 billion that’s flowed all the way through. Is it perfect? No. Is it the type of thing you can get a complete adjustment too when a storm of Sandy's magnitude comes? No. So you have these individual stories, they are true, they are sorry... but look at the whole picture. Cut the governor some slack. They've done a fairly good job," Mcqueeny concluded.

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