Christie: No patience for holdouts on dune easements

MIDDLESEX – The state will begin a massive $3 billion beach repair project along the Shore in May, and Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he will not have any patience for property owners holding up dune projects because they didn’t sign easements.

“I don’t have sympathy for your view. No sympathy,” he said to enthusiastic applause during a town hall here.

He said he will work with mayors to get a list of property owners who haven’t complied with signing the easements.  

“Town by town,  if we have to start calling names out of the selfish ones who care more about their view than they care about the safety and welfare of their neighbors, than we’re going to start doing it,” he said. “As a civilized society, we should be taking care of each other and sometimes we have to sacrifice for what we want personally for ourselves for the greater good.

“They need to be told that there’s something more important than their own self interests,” Christie said. 

He warned that “In the next few weeks…you may see me get a little agitated.”

The issue of property owners not signing easements stoked the ire of the public consciousness when it was learned that a Harvey Cedars couple received a $375,000 settlement after it sued the town for creating a high dune that blocked their view of the ocean. The couple claimed, among toher things, that it depreciated their property.

Several property owenrs in Toms River have also not signed easements that would enable that municpality to move forward with dune projects.

Christie: No patience for holdouts on dune easements