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Christie defends NJ tourism advertisements



NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is defending tourism ads the state is running in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

During a Tuesday morning appearance on the North Wildwood boardwalk, Christie said the ads were never meant to imply that the state has fully recovered from the Oct. 29 storm. But he says the shore has made remarkable progress in recovering.

Democratic state Sen. Barbra Buono, Christie’s opponent in the November gubernatorial election, is airing campaign ads featuring storm victims telling how their lives have still not gotten back to normal.

Christie acknowledges there is plenty of work to do to help people who still cannot return to their homes. But he says no one expected the state to recover fully in less than a year.