Inquirer Letters Extra: Beach buddies a welcome sight

President Barack Obama shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before speaking outside at Asbury Park Convention Hall ,Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Obama traveled to New Jersey to join Christie to inspect and tour the Jersey Shore's recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 Having President Obama and Gov. Christie make an appearance at the Jersey Shore around Memorial Day was not only appreciated, but also inspiring and strengthening. The symbolism of seeing the nation's leader and the state's governor in an area hard-hit by the Hurricane Sandy radiated a feeling of Jersey Strong.

When Sandy hit the Shore, producing billions in damages, residents worried about the summer season. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster, and another 25 percent fail within a year. So it's crucial for Jersey visitors to know that the Shore, in fact, is open.

By using their celebrity status, Obama and Christie were able to reassure us that the Shore and businesses were ready for summer. Other than the help provided by generous relief efforts, having these leaders walk the new boardwalks was the best thing for the Shore in its time of need.

Jenna Lazzaro, Robbinsville


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