Take it from someone from an area where getting blown away by mother nature is a semi regular event, the end result may be a couple years in coming, and it will never be like it was before, but all in all it will come back better than it was. granted, some folks will lose everything they had in their beachfront property, but that's part of the process, and is also the gamble they took when they acquired property on the edge of something so vast and volatile as the Atlantic ocean.
I've never been to the Jersey shore and while I'm aware of some show on TV about life there, I've never watched it so I have no preconceived notions of what the folks who live there are like. I suspect however their lives are by and large pretty ordinary and drama free, and given my undying love of the sea I can't imagine life on any ocean shore as not being a good one in spite of the occasional setback courtesy of mother nature.
Either way, best of luck to those affected, and especially to those still struggling.
"Strictly speaking, there is no certainty, there are only people who are certain." -anon-