LONG BRANCH - Gov. Chris Christie visited Long Branch Tuesday as part of a tour down the shore to drum up business for Labor Day weekend.
The governor wanted to reassure any sunbathers, still skeptical about the Sandy cleanup. Christie says 99.7 percent of beaches “were open with clean water and a safe place to put your blanket or chair, to play volleyball or any other game you wanted to play on the beach.”
Skeptics warn there is still much to be settled down the shore. The beaches are up and running, but protective dunes still need to be built. Christie admits towns won't be safe until they are.
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There are still thousands of residents repairing their homes.
Christie says this week is about making sure the restaurants are packed with diners, and the surf is packed with swimmers. The governor will continue his tour in Cape May and Sea Bright.