It was less than four months ago that Governor Christie reopened the Seaside boardwalk for the Summer season after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
But it was a much different set of circumstances that brought him to the beach Thursday.
"This is obviously just an unthinkable situation," said Governor Christie of the massive fire that city officials say took out over thirty businesses and six blocks... Just the latest catastrophe to hit Seaside this year.
"Unbelievable with the destruction they had from the storm last November an now to have this happen to that community," said Atlantic County Deputy Fire Coordinator.
Fire personnel from Atlantic and Cape May Counties are among the 400 New Jersey firefighters called in to fight the blaze, still burning nearly 10 hours after it started.
"I understand they have difficulties right now with water supply, getting enough water to fight the fire," said Clayton.
"We've got two ladders & five engines and we're ready to depart the rest stop at mile marker 41 on the parkway en route to route 37," said Atlantic County Fire Coordinator Ed Vincent Thursday evening.
Firefighters made their stand on the boardwalk, digging a 20 foot trench and pumping in water from the Barnegat Bay and nearby pools, a move that seemed to slow the fire Thursday night.
Even as the fire slows, questions remain about what caused the blaze.
"We will deal with the cause of the fire at the appropriate time, but right now we're not going to take any questions on speculation on cause because all it will be is speculation," said Governor Christie.
"Listen. This is us, so as soon as this is over we'll pick ourselves up, we'll dust ourselves off and we'll get back to work."
Words of reassurance in what seems to be an all-too-familiar time of crisis.
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