SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) —Governor Chris Christie was back on the boardwalk at Seaside Heights on Saturday, two days after a wind-swept fire destroyed four blocks of the famous amusement pier.
Christie was treated like a rock star as he was mobbed by onlookers and well-wishers. Many thanked the governor for coming to the shore town that was still recovering from last fall’s Superstorm Sandy when disaster struck again.
Christie also planned to meet privately with 30 of the more than 50 business owners who suffered losses in Thursday’s fire.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed reports of an overnight flare-up at the fire site and said it had been contained.
Christie says the state is planning an aggressive response to help the business owners rebuild the boardwalk.