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Unofficial start to summer kicks off at the Jersey Shore

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POINT PLEASANT, N.J. -- Governor Chris Christie walked the boardwalk to gin up tourism at New Jersey beaches for the season.

The Friday ahead of Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and boardwalk business owners are geared up for the rush.

“I think right now it’s definitely busier than it was this Friday last year. But also because the weather has been so bad that it’s working in our favor for this weekend,” said Chris Wolowitz, owner of Top That Donuts.

But beating last year’s earnings will be a tall order. Spending by tourists in the state rose by a billion dollars from 2014 to 2015, hitting a record-breaking $43.4 billion.

“We’re gonna do really well again this year,” said Governor Christie, in between posing for pictures with weekend visitors, “gotta count on the weather.”