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Continued: Jersey shore hopes for a record-setting summer after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy

  • Article by: WAYNE PARRY , Associated Press
  • Last update: May 24, 2013 - 12:20 PM

JR's only put up its new sign at 5:30 a.m. Friday, about 90 minutes before Christie arrived for his broadcast. The business was devastated by Sandy, with 6 feet of water in it that left behind 5 feet of sand. It lost all its inventory and signs, which cost about $300,000 to replace.

But Stewart said he is optimistic about this summer at the shore.

"If we get good weather, the people will still come here," he said. "Ninety percent or better of this town is rebuilt and ready to go. At the end of the day, this just might work."

Mark Romanowski, a bartender at JR's, said the "Jersey Strong" slogan that has adorned T-shirts, bumper stickers and sweatshirts for fundraising efforts since the storm is not a cliche.

"It really is the mentality we have here," he said. "People in Jersey, we may have our differences but the one common denominator is we have each other's backs."

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Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC

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