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Governor Christie praises state's water quality in North Wildwood

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New Jersey's 127 miles of coastline is home to some of the most beautiful and popular beaches in the USA and abroad. Sixty-two percent of the State's $38 billion tourism dollars in 2008 were spent at the Jersey Shore.

New Jersey's fisheries and shell-fisheries generated $168 million dollars in revenue from landings and employed over 40,000 people in 2008 alone.

The Governor was in North Wildwood today to say that healthy marine ecosystems are necessary to sustain coastal tourism, including recreational boating and beach visitation-one of the largest industries in the state.

Even before Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey had one of the nation's best track records in terms of ocean water quality, a vital part of our tourism economy. In the wake of the unprecedented damage from Hurricane Sandy, the Christie Administration acted quickly to ensure New Jersey's beaches and waterways were clean and open for the summer season. This summer, almost 100 percent of our beaches have been open, one of the highest rates in the country.

After the storm, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was able to quickly coordinate one of the largest and most complex disaster cleanups.

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