BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie returned to Belmar today, seven weeks after Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the Shore town with sea water and strong winds.

Christie spoke about storm recovery efforts and heard concerns from some of the 5,900 borough residents at a town hall meeting. 

Storm and home debris have been picked up and $17 million has been allocated for construction of a new 1.3-mile boardwalk. But Doherty reports that 40 children from Belmar Elementary School are still displaced, with no timetable for moving back into their permanent homes.

Christie walked along Ocean Avenue with Doherty and first responders and consoled residents the day after the hurricane.