Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his appearance in and the running of “Stronger Than The Storm” tourism ads for the Jersey shore that have been airing in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
According to the Associated Press, “Christie said the ads were never meant to imply that the state has fully recovered from the Oct. 29 storm. But he said the shore has made remarkable progress since then.”
Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, who is running against Christie in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race, has attacked Christie in commercials with residents whose homes Sandy destroyed.
“When I see Christie in the ad it completely reiterates my thought that they haven’t take care of the people here,” one resident says in Buono’s ad. “The picture that’s painted is we’re good to go, we’re fine, everything’s taken care of, and that’s not the case.”
Christie said he felt the ads “were crucial to convincing potential vacationers making their summer plans that the entire Jersey shore was not destroyed.”