BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Governor Chris Christie was on hand Wednesday to help Belmar break ground on a new mile-long boardwalk to replace the walkway obliterated by Superstorm Sandy in October.
Construction of the new boardwalk kicked off in the morning and the town is pulling out all the stops to get the project done by Memorial Day, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
With the turn of a lever, Christie and the mayor of Belmar drove the first piling into the sand.
“Some people will say why should we do it? My answer is because this is the heartbeat of our state,” Gov. Christie told reporters, including CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
The 1.3-mile boardwalk shattered by Superstorm Sandy will be built of composite, the pilings will be 25-feet deep and Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said every board will be reinforced.