What They're Not Telling You About the 'Jersey Shore Comeback'

Ever since breaking the cardinal rule of Republicans, by working with President Blackenstein following Hurricane Sandy and continuing to work with Obama, including bromancing the president at the reopening of the Asbury Park Boardwalk last Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has essentially waged his entire reelection and presidential aspirations on Sandy. The Garden State Republican has made tons of national appearances and has ridden a steady wave of popularity, even among unlikely democratic foes, for his non-partisan efforts.

Of course, Christie was just doing the job that the state of New Jersey (or George Norcross) elected him to do. Alas, getting lost amid all the "Jersey Comeback" fanfare and PR blitz that has hit the state like the massive storm itself, are all the folks and towns that are still in dire shape.

Take for example, Ortley Beach. A day after Governor Christie and President Obama toured two Jersey shore towns, Ortley’s lone entry point was barely visible amid an empty boardwalk, fenced-off houses and contractor storage pods.

“They got the tourist spots up and running,” said Katie Worsham, a 24-year-old waitress from Toms River, in Ortley’s Third Avenue parking lot. “But what about our little boardwalk? They’re saying the beach is back. Clearly, it’s not.”

It's like Christie was the 2008 director of Summer Olympics in Beijing: carefully hiding and disregarding the problem areas in favor of showing off the bullish primacy of the more politically important areas. Obviously tourism at the Jersey Shore (the REAL one!) is a crucial part of the state's economy and focusing on all of its improvements is vital to revenues, but it's an affront to disregard other badly affected areas. After all, they pay high property taxes too.

Christie did say last week that there is more to be done.

“We still have so much more to do,” he said last week in Asbury Park. “Still so many -- so many -- of our citizens who just want their lives to go back to normal."

A good start might be ensuring that the $32 million raised from your wife's Sandy Relief Fund actually reaches these people wanting to get their lives back to normal.

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