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Christie kicks off July 4 weekend at Jersey Shore


POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie enjoyed an early start to the July 4 weekend with a walk along the boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach.

Christie spent more than an hour Thursday afternoon shaking hands, high-fiving little kids and posing for selfies at the popular Jersey Shore beach destination.

One of Christie’s most defining moments stemmed from a heated boardwalk argument that turned into a YouTube sensation in 2012.

But the reception Thursday was far more positive, with many of those he met along the way urging Christie to make a run for president in 2016.

Christie began the day at a ceremonial reopening of the Ocean Grove boardwalk, which was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

He said the reconstruction of the walkway represents another stage of the state’s recovery from the storm.