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Christie: Seaside Coaster in Ocean an Iconic Image, But 'I Will Not Forget' Other Devastation

Governor says he's fighting for entire state

Continuing the Season of Service initiative launched in Toms River last week, Gov. Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie was in Port Monmouth, another area devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

In his comments, Christie said that while the photos of Seaside Heights' roller coaster in the Atlantic Ocean were indeed "iconic images" it didn't make reaching out to the Bayshore, Long Beach Island and other devastated parts of New Jersey any less important. Here is a video from the governor's office of a portion of his comments.

almuzer November 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The coaster is a hazard out there to swimmers and surfers. If they want to 'memorialize' it, they should chopper-lift it to the giant parking lot at the entrance of Seaside coming from 37... maybe open a small museum in the reinstalled Visitor's Information Center (back where it belongs) right there commemorating this and past storms as well as Seaside's previous era(s) as fun city. Sell trinkets and sea-related do-dads, photos and art by locals, and Restore shirts there w/% going to building upkeep.
Lucie47 November 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
You know that it's only a matter of time before idiots try to swim out to the coaster to have their photos taken, etc. It has to be moved. Honestly, I don't see any "museum" value in the coaster. Move it, dismantle it and sell it for scrap metal. It would bring in a significant amount of money and the funds could be used toward recovery efforts. Also, I know I'm in the minority, but I would like to see Seaside return to it's natural state. Clear out the debris and damage and let the area return to uncluttered beach for the first time in over 100 years. This is Seaside's chance to start with a clean slate and change it's image. Maybe Mother Nature was saying, "Look, I'm sick of drunks, kitschy shops and junk crapping up this stretch of shore. I want my beach back." Just sayin' ... just my opinion.
Robert D Cocco November 28, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Lucie, Well said however as a child of the 90's what is where I grew up along with all the memories of that pier in live experiences. I agree it has to go and the museum idea is in fact laughable, but lets get it back to where it was recently so my children can have their memories as I have been so blessed to have! Ps I hated that damn "jersey shore" show! Thats not what it was when I stomped those boards!!
Harry November 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Why? The Boardwalk made a lot of money...So many liked the "jersey shore" The store was always busy!
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Jack December 01, 2012 at 05:24 PM
ANYONE FROM SSH SEASIDE RESIDENTS LETS GET TOGETHER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE With a large group, we can invite the media. Start making the town the way it should be before many good people abandon the town due to the neglect of its laws and lack of respect for its people. Close the bars early Enforce the ordinances for noice and health The time is now Contact me LETS MARCH TO CITY HALL AND DEMAND A CHANGE AFTER THE NEW YEAR

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