SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Gov. Chris Christie in his final Memorial Day weekend trip to the Jersey Shore as governor didn’t ride a new roller coaster that features a 97-degree drop and speeds of 45 mph – but he got a thrill, anyway, just from seeing the swirling green track of the Hydrus on the north side of Casino Pier.Hydrus is the replacement for the Jet Star, which had been the main attraction at the Seaside Heights boardwalk for decades until it was torn from the pier by superstorm Sandy 4½ years ago. Pictures of the mangled Jet Star sitting in the ocean became an enduring image of Sandy. More: New Casino Pier rollercoaster to open Saturday “This boardwalk looks better than it ever has. The Jersey Shore is back and better than ever,’’ Christie said in his visit Friday, adding that New Jerseyans had been “down but not out after Sandy.’’“This roller coaster, in the same way that the Jet Star was the iconic symbol of what happened here during superstorm Sandy, the Hydrus is now going to be forever the iconic symbol of the comeback of Jersey Shore from Hurricane Sandy,’’ he said to a cheering crowd.Christie is term-limited and… Read full this story
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