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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's wife says her husband would make a good president.

But in an interview Friday on NBC's "Today" show, first lady Mary Pat Christie said the family is not plotting a 2016 presidential run now.

She says that she and Chris Christie have talked about their options for the future.

She says they'll talk more about what the future holds after the Republican's re-election campaign.

Christie is expected to face Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono in the November election.

Gov. Christie, who has been racing up and down the shore opening boardwalks and talking up shore tourism all week as the summer kickoff approached, appeared on the "Today" show Friday, giving him a national pulpit to preach his message of recovery.

"Anybody who lives in New Jersey, the Jersey shore is in your heart," Christie said. "This means everything to our state."

The show was broadcast from Seaside Heights, where the storm swept a roller coaster into the ocean, making for one of Sandy's iconic images. The roller coaster was taken away this month, but Casino Pier, the seaside amusement park where it used to sit, plans to have 18 rides open this summer.

Christie said about 80 percent of the shore will look as it did last summer, and acknowledged more work needs to be done to fully recover. He is to tour parts of the storm-hit shore next Tuesday with President Obama.

Declaring the shore officially open for the summer, the governor cut a 5-mile long ribbon symbolically linking some of the shore towns that were hardest hit by the storm. He and organizers said they hope it will qualify for the Guinness World Records title for the longest ribbon-cutting.

Tourism is a $38 billion industry in New Jersey, and shore towns are counting on a good summer to help them recoup major losses they incurred after the storm. A storm that parked itself over the shore and was expected to bring rain through Sunday morning didn't exactly help.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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