MONMOUTH BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says five New Jersey schools that remain closed due to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy will be open in time for the school year that starts in September.
Christie made the announcement Wednesday during an appearance at Monmouth Beach Elementary School, which was completely flooded in the storm, causing nearly $2 million in damage. It re-opened on June 3.
The governor spoke before some 40 students, teachers and board of education members. He said more than half the state’s schools were closed following the storm and that damage totaled $40 million.
Earlier Wednesday, Christie had toured a Union Beach school that was badly damaged by the storm and recently re-opened.
The governor did not say where the remaining five closed schools were located.