Christie visits Shore, touts tourism rebound since Sandy

 Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie visit  Seaside Heights Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Friday, May 26, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie visit Seaside Heights Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Friday, May 26, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made his final annual Memorial Day weekend trip to the Shore as governor.

Christie visited Seaside Heights on Friday, as the unofficial start of the summer season begins up and down the coast.

He helped christen a new rollercoaster that replaced one destroyed in Superstorm Sandy, and praised the continued recovery of the region’s tourism industry.

Christie’s office said New Jersey’s tourism economy has grown for seven straight years, and visits to shore areas showed a 3.3 percent increase last year.

The Republican has made trips to the shore on the Friday before Memorial Day a tradition. He will leave office in January.

Editor’s note: The video above was produced by the Govenor’s Office and posted on YouTube.

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