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NJ Officials Encourage Beach Days

Friday, September 02, 2011

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Irene caused damage to the Spring Lake boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. Irene caused damage to the Spring Lake boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. (Elizabeth Culp)

New Jersey officials said the state's beaches are open for business this Labor Day weekend, after an unprecedented evacuation of the Jersey Shore in advance of Hurricane Irene. Speaking earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie urged residents and visitors to "get down to the Jersey Shore," after water tests showed that Cape May and Ocean County beaches were safe.

Speaking earlier this week, Christie urged residents and visitors to come to the Jersey Shore.

"The beaches are clean, the water is of great quality, and we have some businesspeople down there who are anxious to have you come down and enjoy the last week and weekend of the summer with your families," Christie said.

The governor toured the state's beaches on Friday, heading into the holiday weekend.

New Jersey is still pulling out from the storm. As of 5 p.m. on Friday, 31,830 homes and businesses were still without power, according to the state's Office of Emergency Management.

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