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Christie Hobnobs At Scojos In Surf City To Help Launch Memorial Day Weekend

Some restaurant patrons were surprised to see the governor

Long Beach Boulevard in Surf City was jammed with cars this morning. But it wasn't because of the start of Memorial Day weekend.

Gov. Chris Christie paid a visit to Scojos on the Boulevard, to meet and greet people tucking into omelets and pancakes at the popular restaurant.

The crowd of about 150 waiting for him outside whooped and whistled when his caravan of black of SUVs pulled in. Christie, in short sleeves despite chilly weather, cloudy skies and strong northwest winds, plunged into the crowd immediately, shaking hands and posing for pictures.

"Thanks for coming down, governor," one man yelled, as drivers passing by honked their horns.

"Don't leave Jersey," another yelled. "We need ya."

Christie's entourage was about 20 minutes past the scheduled 10:30 a.m. visit.

"It's gonna be lunch by the time he gets to breakfast," another man in line said.

Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little joined the crowd waiting outside for Christie.

"The governor has stood with the Ocean County Board of Freeholders and our county since day one of Superstorm Sandy," Little said. "He has worked diligently to provide all the resources so we can rebuild and restore. We are so thankful for his leadership. He's been terrific."

Little - a Surf City resident - said Long Beach Island was hard hit by Sandy, especially Holgate, Ship Bottom and the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township.

Christie's visit was part of an Memorial Day weekend effort to signal that the shore is open for business.

"We are ready for the tourists," Little said.

While many businesses on Long Beach Boulevard were open, many were not. Some were vacant, some boarded up, some with for sale signs.

Traffic on the Boulevard was steady, but light for a holiday weekend.

Some Scojos patrons didn't know the governor was coming. Liz Oliner of North Beach was one of them.

"I had no idea," she said. "I had a pack of kids in my house. "

Christie had no formal speech prepared. He worked his way around the restaurant and the crowd. About 25 minutes later, he was back on the road.

donald hinman May 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM
I stand behind him and his decisions for this state. He handled the sandy crisis excellent. So proud to call him governor.
letsgetreal May 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM
I am just not sure...I am being cautiously optimistic about Christie. I voted for him and I am a Rep. however as a state we have been burned so many times by POLITICIANS that I just am not sure if this fanfare would be happening if it were not an election year. Holding my breath until then...just hope his word is not another Politician BS'ing the public to get re-elected because there are so many people in need of a strong leader which in fairness he has done ok at least it seems publicly. Good luck NJ could this actually be the best Gov. we have had in the last decade? Time will tell
suz May 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM
And it will take another 7 months to be back to normal again, if we are lucky. Do you remember the devastation in Texas on Treasure Island (which is a barrier island) a few years back? All of those home are now 10 feet lifted and some more. They have followed FEMA requirements. We are not asked to do anything out of the ordinary. It took over a year for them to get "back to normal". Oh, and I disagree with the Patch...I was out there and most businesses were opened or getting ready to open. The ones that were not, the numbers were small. Perhaps you shouldn't believe all you read and do some research first. Christie is doing great...certainly better than Corzine would of done!
Mike the mechanic May 26, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Hey he only came down to the shore because he heard all the roads were clean and no traffic ,,,funny thing is this is how the summer is going to look...Im sure he will claim they planned this all so they could replace the bridge and not impact traffic...wonder if he is going to be Hanging out with fellow GOP mayor from Stafford the Self claimed Navy Seal war hero for memorial day services
oldkodger May 26, 2013 at 02:43 PM
he got away with losing millions of other peoples money. he will never be held to account,

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