Gov. Chris Christie returned to Seaside Heights on Saturday to meet with local residents whose businesses were destroyed in a wind-swept fire that claimed a four-block boardwalk area in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park.
The Thursday afternoon fire, which flared up again briefly Saturday morning, claimed between 30 and 50 businesses between the two towns, including two popular bars and what was left of Funtown Pier after Superstorm Sandy left it heavily damaged last year.
met privately with 30 of the more than 50 business owners who suffered losses
in Thursday's fire, promising an aggressive response to haul away rubble from the
fire and help again rebuild the boardwalk only just replaced after Superstorm
wouldn't be anyplace else,'' Christie said, having canceled a weekend getaway
to Florida to celebrate his wife's birthday. "When a crisis happens you
have to be here to help organize things, to lend encouragement and deliver
Christie said he spoke with a few business owners on Thursday, as they watched their businesses
burn to the ground. Saturday was the first time he addressed them as a group.