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Governor Christie continues shore tour, visits Cape May

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A large crowd of residents, visitors and business owners helped welcome Governor Chris Christie as he continues his tour of the shore.

"While this will not go down as the greatest summer in the history of Cape May, it is a heck of a lot better than we thought it was going to be and its because of all of you," said Governor Christie.

For some of the shops in Washington Street Mall, summer business has been described as just "ok" and they say the misconception of Sandy destruction has been more damaging than the storm itself.

"We're trying to put the word out that Cape May was in good shape and its just people seething these devastating photos on TV and I think they really figured we were effected as well," said co-owner of Whale’s Tale, Hilary Pritchard.

Staff at Whale’s Tale say they were happy to see the governor bringing attention to Cape May.

And while the governor says the “Stronger Than The Storm” campaign has helped bring visitors back to the shore. . .

"It let them know we're open,” said the Governor.

“It let them know these businesses are ready again. I've spoken to businesses up and down the shore even though they cant get the song out of their head, they say it drew people back.”

Others wish more was done to highlight areas south of Atlantic City that avoided major damage.

"It was very unfair for them to not say the storm hit North Jersey and New York but South Jersey was spared and please go visit and see for yourself," said owner of Summer Sun Surf Shop, Danny DeCamillo.

While some businesses say this summer has been difficult, the hope is that as Labor Day Weekend approaches, plenty of sun will bring customers to help recover some of the losses of this season. "If we don't get a hurricane and it looks like we're clear, things will be much different. Its always a big weekend," said DeCamillo.

And despite the smaller crowds this summer, the governor and businesses remain optimistic.

"Its an "ok" year but we're happy with it. We're very fortunate," said owner of Bath Time Bathing Luxuries, Bonnie Mullock.

"We know we want this last week to be as strong and as great as it possibly could be for these businesses," said Governor Christie.

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