Gov. Christie: Nothing Will Stop Dune Build-Up [VIDEO/AUDIO]
Dunes will be built up along the entire 130-mile stretch of the Jersey Shore and you can take that to the bank.
That's the message from Gov. Chris Christie last night on Townsquare Media's monthly 'Ask the Governor' program. He also says it's going to take a while to complete the whole project.
"The dunes will be built whether the selfish people sign easements or not," says Christie. "I am not going to allow New Jersey to be at risk again for another storm because somebody thinks they want to put more money in their own pocket or protect their view. (That's) unacceptable social conduct in this state and I'm not going to permit it."
Patience is Running Out
Some Jersey Shore towns have made more progress than others in getting homeowners to sign off on the dunes and where progress isn't being made quickly enough, Christie says, "We're running close to the time when my patience will have run out."
Hurricane season officially begins June 1, but New Jersey is typically spared any huge storms until late August to early September. The governor advises residents not to expect the entire dune project to be done this year.
"We will not have all 130 miles of the coastline done before September, nor did we ever think we were going to," explains Christie. "The whole project probably will not be done until the end of hurricane season next year would be my guess."
This is a big job says the governor. He points out large parts of the shore have never been built up before so the state is starting from scratch in those areas. In areas where it's been done before the state is starting with beach replenishment.