Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gov. Christie Praises the Dunes

Yesterday morning (Monday, January 14th), the residents of Bradley Beach were honored with a visit from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who came to the shore town to praise the Bradley Beach dune system, which helped keep destruction from Hurricane Sandy to a minimum. The mile stretch of dunes is now being rebuilt with discarded Christmas trees.

Gov. Christie speaks to the crowd on Ocean Avenue
Gov. Christie also spoke about the $51 billion federal hurricane aid package that will be voted on by Congress today. He assured his audience that his main focus for the rest of his term as governor will be to restore the shore. In response to various questions from the press, Christie voiced his opinions on gun control (he advocates for violence control); the criticism from democrats of the contract that was awarded to Florida-based debris-removal company Ashbritt (he waves off any talk of a scandal); property tax (he stresses the need for reduced spending); and the recent cover of TIME magazine that bears his unsmiling image along with two words: "The Boss" (he calls the cover "insensitive").

Mayor Gary Engelstad, who was on hand to welcome Christie, extended an invitation to the governor to take part in Bradley Beach's Memorial Day celebrations in May. Christie politely accepted.

Mayor Gary Engelstad welcoming the Governor

This week's edition of The Coast Star, which is always available at the Library, will have the full story on Governor Christie's visit.

Sharlene Edwards
Program Director

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