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September 26, 2013

Partly because of Sandy, partly due to the weather, 38 percent of New Jerseyans say they spent less time at the shore this summer than is typical, according to a recent Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Indeed, about one in six New Jerseyans who normally goes to the shore did not do so this year.

That’s not due to the fact New Jerseyans aren’t satisfied with the recovery so far -- 76 percent said they were satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the state’s effort and only 16 percent said they were dissatisfied.

But those who spent less time at the shore cited concerns that businesses might not be open as the major factor 25 percent of the time; the weather, 22 percent; and concerns that there would be fewer rentals available, 20 percent.

And while most people are satisfied with the recovery effort, they are less confident that federal relief money is being spent wisely. The number of those who said they were “very confident” in how the money was being spent was 15 percent; 47 percent said somewhat confident; 17 percent said not too confident; and 13 percent said not at all confident.

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