SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is co-hosting NBC's "Today" as part of a campaign to proclaim that the state's shore is ready for business seven months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
The Friday morning show will be broadcast from Seaside Heights, where the October storm swept a roller coaster into the ocean, making for one of the superstorm's iconic images.
Christie is trying to spread the word that many shore businesses and boardwalks are reopened and ready for summertime crowds.
The Republican governor and his family also appear in a federally funded ad campaign to promote the shore.
Some Democrats have complained that amounts to a free political commercial for the governor, who is seeking re-election this year.