SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. -- New Jersey rolled out some of its big guns Friday to proclaim that the shore is back after superstorm Sandy, using Gov. Chris Christie and the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" -- no fans of each other -- to tell a national audience the state is ready for summer fun.
Christie, who has been racing up and down the shore opening boardwalks and talking up tourism all week as the summer kickoff approached, appeared on the "Today" show Friday, giving him a national pulpit to preach a message of recovery.
"Anybody who lives in New Jersey, the Jersey shore is in your heart," Christie said.
Christie appeared separately from the "Jersey Shore" cast. He has never been a fan of the MTV show, saying it cast the state in a negative light.
So when Nicole Polizzi, also known as Snooki, got to meet the governor and shake his hand, their exchange was awkward.
In a video posted by the Asbury Park Press, Snooki told Christie that she hoped he would "start to like us." Christie responded, "Well, we'll do our best." After they parted ways, Snooki looked at the camera and said, "He just doesn't like us."