SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — On Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie announced an $8.5 million plan for a sea wall in Sea Bright, N.J.

For Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, the memory of Sandy is never far off.

“Every single storefront business on Ocean Avenue was smashed,” she said.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, Gov. Christie says the state is picking up the check to repair and extend the sea wall over a 600-foot stretch to protect the small town.

“And that’s what we’re planning for for the future. To try to make sure that what this downtown looked like when I came here for the first time that it never looks like that again,” Christie said.

Construction is scheduled for next year.

Christie says it’s just part of the state’s overall flood protection plan, including a now-completed $345 million federal project to replenish the beaches and the ongoing $1 billion plan to protect the entire Jersey Shore.

“We’re continuing to invest in these projects in recovery and resilience,” he said.

The governor’s office has been touting Superstorm Sandy rebuilding milestones all week.

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