New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday thanked the governors of New York and Connecticut for offering assistance to the help the Garden State rebuild, once more, a section of seaside boardwalk that was destroyed by fire late Thursday — less than a year after it had been torn apart by Superstorm Sandy.
“Both of them were just incredulous at the fact that this could happen so quickly and happen here,” the high-profile Republican said of Govs. Andrew M. Cuomo and Dannel P. Malloy.
“We’ll certainly take them up on it if we need it,” Mr. Christie added. “Right now, I think New Jersey has the situation under control.”
Mr. Christie has been briefing the public on efforts to recover from the massive blaze in Seaside Park, N.J. that quickly swept through dozens of businesses.
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.
Mr. Christie spoke late Thursday and again on Friday about the gut-wrenching toll the fire took after efforts to restore the popular getaway spot, but promised to rebuild the site.
“Yesterday we saw what it means to be from our state,” he said. “We are tough and we stand together in a crisis.”
“When New Jerseyans call New Jerseyans, they don’t think twice — they come to help.”