Christie said the state has made offers to purchase 265 homes in Sayreville and neighboring South River from willing sellers. So far, 175 have accepted.
Gov. Chris Christie stood by as the protesters – some shouting “New Jersey deserves better” – were escorted out by police.
So far, the state has funding for 424 buyouts statewide. The Department of Environmental Protection said 169 property owners have accepted buyout offers in South River and Sayreville.
The buyout offers homeowners the pre-storm market value for their home, through a $300 million program introduced by Gov. Christie in May.
On Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie announced a plan to buy out homes in flood-prone areas of Sayreville and South River so no houses are built there in the future, and some residents are eager.
The governor announced the “willing seller” buyout plan Thursday, just before appearing in Sayreville, where about 270 homes were destroyed or severely damaged by a tidal surge during Sandy.
The man was hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Neither officer was injured in the confrontation, but authorities would not identify them or provide further details on the shooting.
South River Mayor John Krenzel said the three-alarm blaze at the Hotel Pershing started shortly before midnight Monday.
For at least one New Jersey town, power was restored quickly and orderly after superstorm Sandy, and there is a very good reason.