MIDDLESEX, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Chris Christie is implementing a unique tool in an effort to break down some Jersey Shore homeowners’ resistance to the idea of building sand dunes to fortify communities against storm damage.
Speaking from Middlesex on Tuesday, the famously brash governor announced he will personally announce the names of all those who have yet to sign easements to let the government build dunes.
“We will go town by town and if we have to start calling names out of the selfish ones who care more about their view than they care about the safety and the welfare of their neighbors, then we are going to start doing that,” Christie said. “I will use my normal sense of gentle persuasion to try to make sure that we bring people along.”
Dunes help protect people and property by staunching flood waters, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.
The governor blasted beachfront property owners more concerned about their view than about protecting their land and their neighbor’s land.
“I have no sympathy for your view,” Christie said.
Superstorm Sandy made landfall along the Jersey Shore on Oct. 29, decimating beaches, homes, businesses and other property.
The government plans to spend $3 billion to rebuild the beaches along the Jersey Shore.
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