The Governor in Cape May

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Governor Christie in Cape May. Photo from Office of the Governor.

Cape May, NJ -  On Wednesday, Governor Chris Christie stopped by the Washington Street Mall on a whistle stop tour of Jersey shore towns, talking up his Stronger than  the Storm Campaign.

It’s not often the Governor comes to Cape May.    The event attracted locals, tourists and business owners,  eager to catch a glimpse of the guy who captured the national spotlight when he toured Hurricane Sandy ravaged shore towns  farther north with President Obama last fall.

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Washington St. Mall. Photo from Office of the Governor..

During his Cape May visit this week, the governor was promoting  a business aid plan, although it’s not likely many Cape May businesses qualify for it. Local businesses fortunately did not sustain major damage during Hurricane Sandy.

While Cape May business owners were grateful for the Governor’s attention this week, several said privately that they would have welcomed an earlier visit, before the start of the summer season, to let everyone know Cape May was open for business.

Labor Day is the traditional start of the campaign season and the Governor is running for reelection in November. Christie’s stops along the shore this week provided a wealth of photo ops.

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Photo from Office of the Governor

In addition to his visit in Cape May, the Governor toured Sea Bright, Point Pleasant and the very hard hit Long Beach Island this week.    Christie also strolled the Wildwood Boardwalk,  stopping to chat up vacationers and greet passengers on the Boardwalk’s famous tram car.

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The Governor in Wildwood. Photo from Office of the Governor

Did the state’s Stronger than the Storm campaign drive more business to shore towns this summer? Some say yes, some say no. One business owner called it “too little, too late” saying many prospective Cape May visitors made other plans for the summer, after all the press coverage of Hurricane Sandy.  Another business owner said the TV and billboard campaign definitely helped.

Hilary Pritchard from The Whale’s Tale said she hoped the Governor’s visit reminds people how beautiful Cape May is in September and October. Busineses that might have taken a hit during the summer still have some time to recover this fall.

As if to underscore that point, Christie autographed the Whale’s Tale Poster with the message businesses have been longing to hear all year: “Come to Cape May! ”

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Whale’s Tale Photo

About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.