Christie posed for photos and pressed the flesh along the boardwalk, which was bustling with activity on the first of the summer holidays.
"This made my day," Bob Longo told The (Newark) Star-Ledger. "This made my weekend."
The (Newark) Star-Ledger said Christie drew big crowds wherever he went on his weekend tour of coastal tourist towns. Many communities were walloped by Superstorm Sandy last fall and spent the winter rebuilding for the vital tourist season.
While in Wildwood, Christie took a tram ride with Mayor Ernie Troiano and met with local business owners.
Sam Spera, 84, owner of the landmark Sam's Pizza Palace, called Christie "a good man" and told the newspaper it was "a very good weekend" for business.