Governor Chris Christie welcomed shore-goers to the brand new Belmar boardwalk Wednesday amidst much fanfare, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, bagpipers, and even a banner plane, according to nj.com.

"Welcome back to the beach," Christie, using the boardwalk as a stage, shouted to hundreds of people on the beach behind him and on the street in front of him. "Boardwalks are opening all over New Jersey and I’m going to try to be at every one of them."