Gov. Chris Christie will host a town-hall meeting for residents of Long Beach Township to come out and ask questions of the governor.
The session was scheduled for 3:15 p.m. today but had not started as of 3:45 p.m.
Doors opened at 2:15 p.m. for the event at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Community Center Gym, located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd.
Seating will be first-come, first-served. No bags of any kind are permitted, and personal items are subject to search.
Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini said the town is prepared for Christie’s visit. He said he hopes the governor has strong words for oceanfront homeowners who have yet to sign easements for a beachfill project to begin.
Township beaches were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in October. Township officials want homeowners to sign and return easements, so a contract can be awarded for work to begin. The township makes up 12 of Long Beach Island’s 18 miles in length.
The township is waiting on 62 easements — 30 from the Loveladies section, 16 in North Beach and 16 elsewhere in the municipality.
All easements in the Holgate section have been signed and returned. Officials are waiting for a start date for beachfill work there. The Holgate section was the area hardest hit and experienced the most hurricane damage on Long Beach Island.
“I am hoping he is going to discuss how he is going to help us with eminent domain, possibly, or give us some kind of teeth to get the rest of these easements. We’ve been doing it all on our own, and we need something from the state to get a lot more aggressive,” Mancini said.
“I think if the governor wanted to get involved — write a letter and make some calls to people — that would be great. ‘This is Gov. Christie calling. Sign your easement.’ Period. I would appreciate that,” Mancini said.
If You Go
What: Town hall meeting with Gov. Chris Christie
When: 3:15 p.m. today; doors open at 2:15 p.m.
Where: Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Community Center Gym, 4700 Long Beach Blvd. in Long Beach Township
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