"When I see Christie in the ad it completely reiterates my thought that they haven't take care of the people here," Newland says. "The picture that's painted is we're good to go, we're fine, everything's taken care of, and that's not the case."
Christie has said his ads were crucial to convincing potential vacationers making their summer plans that the entire Jersey shore was not destroyed, and that a fun family vacation could still be had here. Tourism, he said, is a nearly $40 billion industry in New Jersey, and the ads were necessary to help preserve the industry.
He said more ads may run this fall and winter to help promote shore rentals next summer.
After he spoke, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved the creation of a $75 million Stronger NJ Neighborhood and Community Revitalization Program. It is designed to offer financial assistance to support community development, public improvement projects and loans to small businesses. It will begin Sept. 4.
Associated Press writer Angela Delli Santi contributed to this story from Long Branch.
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