Murphy: Jersey Shore Beaches 'Have Never Been In Better Shape'

May 24, 2019 - 3:05 pm

NEPTUNE, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- The Jersey Shore is open for business this Memorial Day weekend and Gov. Phil Murphy says years of restoration work have made the beaches better than ever.

Areas hard hit by Sandy are still being built back up seven years after the storm.

"This is an extraordinary jewel not just of our state but of our entire country," Murphy told WCBS 880 during an appearance Friday at the RADIO.COM Kick Off To Summer in Neptune.

Murphy says the beaches are a vital part of the state's economy.

"The Jersey Shore is 130-miles of shore among the prettiest in the entire nation. It so happens due to a lot of great replenishment work from both the feds and the state, and thanks to a mild winter, the beaches have never been in better shape," Murphy said.

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That replenishment work continues. This week alone as part of a joint federal and state project, the Barnegat Peninsula got 11-million cubic yards of sand from offshore to replenish 14-miles of beach.

But as people flock down south, some will still see the brutal reality left behind by Sandy.

"It's close to 1,000 families who are still not back in their homes," Murphy said. "We're not going to rest until we're betting 1,000."