New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the public late Tuesday his “heart goes out” to the denizens of Seaside Park, N.J., where a massive blaze destroyed a large portion of their boardwalk and rolled back months of rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy decimated the state’s shore towns last fall.
“I said to my staff, ‘I feel like I want to throw up’ … I can only imagine how the residents and business owners in this area are feeling,” Mr. Christie said in a news conference.
“My heart goes out to them,” he added. “That’s why I’m here, to make sure that every resource is brought to bear to contain this problem.”
The blaze began in a frozen custard stand and, fanned by winds, spread north into Seaside Heights, N.J., the town where MTV’s “Jersey Shore” had been filmed and where a roller coaster was cast into the ocean when Sandy hit, The Associated Press reported.
For months, Mr. Christie and others have touted efforts to rebuild towns along the shore.
A tourism campaign featured ads boasting that New Jersey is “stronger than the storm,” and President Obama visited the area in May to highlight restored boardwalks.
“Listen,” Mr. Christie said Tuesday, “this is us, so as soon as this is over, we’ll pick ourselves up, we’ll dust ourselves off and we’ll get back to work.”