LONG BRANCH: Governor Chris Christie visited the city on Aug. 19 and made one of his future projects for the Jersey Shore clear.
“I’ve made the decision, we’re building dunes,” Christie said at his appearance in the Beachfront North area of the city.
Christie said he plans to have dunes built along the entire New Jersey coastline that will “ protect homeowner from Cape May to the Bayshore.”
Christie said the towns that had dunes fared during Hurricane Sandy than those that did not and the dune project would help protect towns from future storms.
The topic of dune creation came up when Christie was asked about this thoughts on future use of eminent domain.
“It has to be used very carefully,” he said. "Each case is unique and different."
He said some home owners have been reluctant to hand over deeds to portions of their property so dunes could be built and that eminent domain could be used to get the land needed for their creation.
“People say the dunes will affect their views,” he said. “If you don’t have a house, you don’t have a view.”
The governor said he envisions the dune project being completed within the next two years.
“I will not permit what happened during Sandy to happen again,” Christie said. “By the summer of 2016, we will have a dune system that protects the entire New Jersey coastline.”
Christie spoke on a variety of topics and was even asked about his possible run at the White House.
“We’ll see, I’m not sure,” Christie said. “I love my job.”
He said he would greatly consider his family's feelings before making any decision on running for president.
He also sparred with a Rumson resident over the fact that Bruce Springsteen songs were played while the crowd waited his arrival.
"I thought I heard that Bruce asked that none of his music be played at your events because he didn't believe in your politics," Sandy Booket said.
"You're wrong about that, Bruce has never asked me to do that," Christie answered back. "I saw Bruce just a week and a half ago...he never has told me not do it."
After a brief exchange, Christie made a suggestion to sound crew.
"When I leave, just so we can have this lady be a little calmer, let's play Bon Jovi on the way out," he said.
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