LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP — Gov. Chris Christie will visit Long Beach Island on Thursday to meet with officials and residents at the Bayview Park pavilion in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township.

Mayor Joseph Mancini said he was notified this week that Christie would be making the trip to Long Beach Island.

“It’s going to be informal. I’m told that the governor will speak for about 20 minutes and then take some questions from the public,” Mancini said.

Mancini announced Christie’s visit at the regular township Board of Commissioners meeting Friday afternoon.

“I’m encouraging people to go and ask questions. I want to get this out there,” Mancini said.

A spokesman for Christie said he would not characterize the governor’s visit as a town hall meeting.

Christie’s visit will be similar to his stop in Manasquan, Monmouth County, on Monday, which is part of the “Endless Summer of Tax Relief: A Conversation at the Jersey Shore” series, said spokesman Kevin Roberts in an email Friday.

Robert’s said next week’s LBI stop is town hall-style, but not geared to a larger crowd.

According to a news release, the Endless Summer Tax Relief tour is about calling for “Corzine Democrats to stop holding tax relief hostage and to urge the Legislature to continue the New Jersey Comeback.”

The venue, which is a small wooden pavilion on the Boardwalk with Barnegat Bay as the backdrop, will be set up with about 50 chairs for the public, Mancini said. He said there will also be room on the boardwalk and in the parking lot for a couple hundred people.

“We understand he will be discussing the Barnegat Bay initiative. We were assured he would be taking some questions from the public. I would suggest that anyone who would like to ask anything of the governor please show up,” Mancini said.

Staff Writer Derek Harper contributed to this report.

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