Gov. Christie rips dune opponents
BY WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Ever since Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the Jersey shore last October, officials have planned for a new system of protective sand dunes along the entirety of the 127-mile coast.
And also since the day of the storm, some homeowners have refused to sign easements giving federal and state officials permission to do the work.
Their stated reasons have been fears that boardwalks, bathrooms, snack stands or amusement rides might be built nearby.
On Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie rejected those claims in his bluntest, most off-color terms yet.
At a town hall meeting on Long Beach Island, the governor said their true objection is losing their oceanfront views.
"I have no interest in taking your property," Christie said. "I have no interest in building anything other than a dune. I don't want to build a road, I don't want to build a shower, I don't want to build a hut. Any knucklehead neighbor of yours that says: 'Oh, Christie comes in, there's going to be showers, a bathroom, a hot dog stand.
"Let me use a word," Christie said, urging parents of the handful of children in the room to cover their ears.
"Bull----!" he roared,. "That's what it is! They don't want their views blocked."