After Hurricane Sandy caused devastation along the East Coast last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wasted no time appealing for support for his home state. But over the weekend the Republican leader got crafty, reaching out to some of the biggest names in the music business via Twitter to help get the word out.
“@justinbieber my girls are big fans. Will u help us spread the word about NJReliefFund?” he wrote to the “As Long As You Love Me” singer. Bieber retweeted the Governor and added, “Gonna try to work with Red Cross to have u guys all help donate for those affected by hurricane sandy.”
The governor also tweeted Jersey natives, including the Jonas Brothers, TV host Kelly Ripa and Bruce Springsteen, as well as other celebrities like Ryan Seacrest, hoping to spread the message about the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
The efforts on behalf of those affected, specifically in the Garden State, don’t end there though. The cast of “Jersey Shore” is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity for “Restore the Shore,” a special benefit set to air live on Thursday, November 15.
The special will ask viewers to contribute to the rebuilding and restoration of Seaside Heights, the show’s famed home base. The special will gather the “Jersey Shore” cast, as well as other celebrity guests, in MTV’s Times Square studio to collect donations for the newly created “Restore the Shore” fund. The fund aims to collect donations that will be used to restore the famed Seaside Heights boardwalk. Additionally, other donations will be used to help support businesses and residents in the area in the wake of the storm.
The Red Cross has been working to provide services to those affected by Sandy too. “We’re spreading a PSA right now to text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999,” “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino told MTV News last week, just days after Sandy hit. “You can donate like $10, and I think if a lot of people do that it will make impacts.
“New Jersey, and especially Seaside, is just destroyed,” he further explained. “I’ve never had anything like this happen to me. I know every business owner on the boardwalk personally, you know, and, like, they’re good people, they all are hard-working people.”