MANAHAWKIN – Gov. Chris Christie gives President Barack Obama “some credit” when it comes to restoring the Garden State following the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“I have to give the president credit,” said Christie at a Wednesday town hall meeting in Ocean County, referring to aid in Sandy recovery dollars dedicated solely to the construction of dunes along the state’s coast.
The governor fielded a question from a resident who lauded the executive for signing Executive Order 140 in September 2013, which paved the way for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin dune construction, in part, by directing the state’s attorney general to initiate legal action to acquire the necessary easements to build the dunes.
By the summer of 2016, Christie said, “We will have the entire coastline done.”
The governor referred to the construction as a “smart way to invest” federal recovery dollars.
“There are not a lot of positive legacies [from the storm], but that will be one,” said Christie, referring to the completion of the dune system.