"I'm not ever going to get used to it, but I've dealt with it before. I didn't have that kind of hopeless feeling I had after the storm," he said. "Now I know that things can be done and we'll get back together and get it open."
Authorities are not sure what caused the fire, but Martucci said it started at Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard shop on the FunTown Amusement Pier about 2:15 p.m. Martucci was at a meeting at town offices across the street when it began.
The fire escalated to six alarms shortly before 4 p.m. ET.
Sandy destroyed the FunTown Pier, which had been partially reopened this summer. The storm also damaged local water systems, and firefighters struggled with the supply Thursday, Christie said.
They had to tap into Barnegat Bay seawater to extinguish the flames.