BELMAR - Belmar today celebrated the grand reopening of its boardwalk that was wiped out when Hurricane Sandy struck in October.

The new 1.3-mile boardwalk cost $8 million and is built for future storms. The new pilings are 25 feet long as opposed to some of the old pilings being only 6 feet long.

The “Buy a Board” program also allowed anyone to donate money and be represented on one of the boards that make up the new oceanfront walkway.

Thousands joined Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Robert Menendez and Mayor Doherty for the celebration.

To watch Christie's full remarks, click the video to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.