Today marks the six year anniversary of the fire than engulfed the iconic boardwalk of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.
The blaze that destroyed 1000 feet of boardwalk and businesses that had been repaired/replaced following Superstorm Sandy which occurred only 11 months prior, was determined to have been caused by electrical wiring that had been corroded during the historic storm but not replaced during the rebuild.
JerseyShoreOnline reports that several boardwalk businesses have not yet fully recovered.
Then Governor Chris Christie interrupted his reelection campaigning to visit the site and declared a State of Emergency. The fire occurred during the fourth day of the George Washington Bridge closure which later became known as Bridgegate, a political stunt designed to retaliate against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not endorsing the Republican Christie’s reelection bid. The stunt backfired and ultimately tanked Christie’s popularity and presidential ambitions.