The mayors of Long Beach Island have asked Gov. Chris Christie to reopen Long Beach Island to residents, according to one mayor.

Ship Bottom Mayor William Huelsenbeck said Tuesday that the mayors have written the governor, asking him to remove restrictions to the island.

Long Beach Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, with massive power outages, major beach erosion and extensive destruction of homes.

Natural gas service to the island remains cut off and crews are working to restore electrical service.

So far, residents have only been allowed briefly back on the island to inspect their homes.