Source: Michael O’Brien / NBC News
President Barack Obama pronounced the Jersey Shore “back” on Tuesday, just seven months after Hurricane Sandy washed away much of its boardwalk, and threatened its tourism industry with it.
Obama joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, to revive their political odd-couple partnership and herald the beginning of the summer tourism industry in Asbury Park, N.J., an anchor of the summertime attractions along the state’s storied shoreline which had to be reconstructed in the aftermath of Sandy.
“You are stronger than the storm,” Obama told cheering Garden Staters gathered for the event. “The Jersey Shore is back and it’s open for business.”
Both Obama and Christie lauded the recovery work achieved so far, but stressed that much work was still ahead. Christie, the pugnacious Republican governor whose praise for Obama in the aftermath of the storm (which coincided with the final days of the 2012 election), reiterated his pledge to work closely with all officials as the recovery goes forward.
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