Seaside Heights Roller Coaster Gets One More Rider

In the finest Jersey Shore tradition of bizarre behavior, a Lavallette man has inspired a media frenzy by scaling the iconic tattered remains of the Jet Star Roller Coaster in Seaside Heights.

The wreckage of the Jet Star coaster, which sits crippled in the shallow waters off the beach in Seaside Heights, has become a temporary monument to the devastation caused October 29 by Hurricane Sandy.

Christopher Angelo paddled out to the wreckage this morning in a canoe and managed to climb to the summit of the roller coaster. Once at the top, the 38-year-old planted an American flag—which he later said was meant to raise awareness of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Angelo’s stunt left Garden State media outlets tickled pink, and quickly eclipsed coverage of Governor Christie’s highly anticipated State of the State address as today’s most breathlessly reported story. The Asbury Park Press has the live video from News 12 New Jersey here.

The Seaside Heights police were not amused by the stunt and took Angelo into custody after he came down from his perch. So, along with a Hunterdon County man suing two members of his country club for allegedly tricking him into eating a pot brownie, it’s been a pretty interesting news day so far in New Jersey.

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