Jersey Shore ready for post-Irene holiday weekend

POINT PLEASANT BEACH - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is encouraging people to head to the Jersey Shore this Labor Day weekend, just days after he told them to "get the hell" off the beach as Hurricane Irene approached.

Most New Jersey beaches weathered the storm well. Portions of the Spring Lake boardwalk were damaged and the southern end of Belmar's beachfront sustained flood damage. A coastal flood advisory is still in effect along the coast until later today.

The National Weather Service says there is a moderate risk for rip currents along the coast this weekend. A moderate risk of rip currents implies that individuals planning to enter the surf should check with local beach patrols first, be sure to swim within sight of a lifeguard and never swim alone or at night.

AAA says more than 950,000 New Jerseyans will be traveling 50 miles or more this holiday weekend.

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