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The Funtown amusement pier was so badly damaged by Sandy it could not reopen this summer. It burned, too, its landmark "Funtown Pier" sign collapsing in a hail of flames and sparks.
Christie said he suspected most affected businesses would primarily rely on insurance to rebuild.
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., whose congressional district lies a few miles north of Seaside Heights, said he would ask federal officials to let the two towns use some of the federal Sandy disaster relief money to rebuild the boardwalk again.
"There's obviously a pot of money out there," Pallone said. "If we can use it for this, we should."