While Governor Christie is happy to see the shore’s recover, he reminds folks that for many homeowners life is still very far from normal.

Governor Christie uses a reciprocating saw to cut the grand opening board, instead of a ribbon, at the Home Depot showroom grand opening in Seaside Heights (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Speaking in Seaside Heights on Monday morning during the opening of a Home Depot satellite store, the governor said a recent helicopter tour of the coast has shown that while many boardwalk are being rebuilt in time for Memorial Day, there is still many homes that remain completely or severely destroyed.

“In places like Ortley Beach, Mantoloking, and Bay Head you still see the shore line littered with destroyed homes. “

The satellite store, located inside the White Pearl Hotel, was opening as a resource for contractors and homeowners; many of whom will be doing the bulk of their renovation during the upcoming warm weather. Christie reminds, “There’s still a heck of a lot of work to do and still suffering and loss that are out there.”

Seaside Heights Mayor William Akers looks down at a Seaside Heights Commemorative Coca Cola bottle that Coca Cola's Vice President of Sales for New Jersey Mike Sullivan just presented to Akers at the Home Depot showroom grand opening in Seaside Heights

Seaside Mayor Bill Akers, who spoke at the store’s opening, noted the borough will be better after the storm and it will never look the same. The governor agreed with that statement, and said while it could still take time for the shore to get there, a lot can be done in the short term.

“What I hope will be able to accomplish in the next several months, is the restoration and the enhancement of the spirit of this community and the communities up and down the shore.”

He notes his commitment to the shore’s recovery is unwavering.