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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ-While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and many shoreline towns are confident storm damage repairs will be completed by the start of tourism season on Memorial Day weekend, a new analysis predicts a sharp decline in tourism revenue.

With about four weeks left before tourist season, some communities along the Jersey Shore, especially in hard hit Ocean and Monmouth counties, are still in disrepair. Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, which analyzed Sandy’s financial impact in a January report, estimates a $950-million tourism industry loss for the third quarter of this year, according to The Record. Last year, the Jersey Shore generated a record $19-billion in revenue for the state.

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