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Wildwood Gets $4 Million From NJ for Boardwalk Repair, but Mayor Calls for Millions More

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What to Know

  • New Jersey has set aside $4 million in its recently enacted budget for long-needed repairs to the Wildwood boardwalk, one of the Jersey Shore’s main attractions. But city officials say the walkway needs work that could cost $60 million.
  • Gov. Phil Murphy visited the walkway Sunday, pledging funds for badly needed repairs.
  • Wildwood officials have said the boardwalk needed to be redone even before a 2020 storm damaged sections of it. Murphy vetoed a $59 million earmark for the boardwalk in 2019.

New Jersey has set aside $4 million in its recently enacted budget for long-needed repairs to the Wildwood boardwalk, one of the Jersey Shore's main attractions.

But city officials say the walkway needs work that could cost $60 million.

Gov. Phil Murphy visited the resort town on Sunday to describe the aid and meet with local officials, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

“It’s an iconic Boardwalk, by any measure,” Murphy said. “It’s America’s Boardwalk and the extent to which we get this thing rebuilt properly has a huge positive impact on the Boardwalk, on the businesses on the Boardwalk, (and) on tourism.”

The Democratic governor had visited the walkway in April 2020 after a storm damaged sections of the walkway near the Convention Center. But before that storm hit, city officials had said the walkway was overdue for an overhaul.

The Wildwood Boardwalk and a marina in Somers Point were among the damaged areas during Monday's windy storms. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal surveys some of the damage.

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Mayor Pete Byron told the newspaper that the total cost of the work could reach $60 million, but added that Wildwood had come up with a partial plan that would cost $35 million.

The newspaper said Murphy did not address a question about his veto of a $56 million earmark for the Wildwood Boardwalk in 2019.

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