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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hugs Amy Peters, of Manahawkin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Manahawkin, N.J., as he meets with homeowners who lost their homes last year to Superstorm Sandy.(AP Photo/Mel Evans) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hugs Amy Peters, of Manahawkin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Manahawkin, N.J., as he meets with homeowners who lost their homes last year to Superstorm Sandy.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey tourism officials say Gov. Chris Christie won't be in this year's commercials trying to entice tourists to visit the state.

The governor and his family starred in last year's "Stronger than the Storm" campaign that promoted coming to the state after Superstorm Sandy.

Some criticized his appearance in the commercial during a re-election year, especially when it was reported that the state paid to hire an ad firm that wanted to use Christie instead of one that did not propose featuring the governor.

This year's campaign is called "Going Strong." New Jersey officials hope to use $5 million in federal disaster relief funds to help pay for it.

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