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By ARep | January 9th, 2013 - 5:01pm
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McGUCKIN: LOCAL OFFICIALS, NOT TRENTON BUREAUCRATS, BETTER SUITED TO REBUILDING SHORE TOWNS

Assemblyman Greg McGuckin said a proposal by an Assembly Democrat lawmaker to establish a state agency to oversee the rebuilding of Jersey Shore towns that were damaged by Super Storm Sandy may be well intended, but is unnecessary.

“While input and guidance from state government certainly may be useful, giving carte blanche to a panel of Trenton bureaucrats would be counter-productive,” said McGuckin, R-Ocean, who represents several Shore towns that were devastated by the historic storm. “They are too far removed to understand the needs of each community. Local officials are much better suited in determining how they should proceed with rebuilding their towns and beaches.

“The Jersey Shore is comprised of many individual communities which make them unique,” McGuckin continued. “Each one has its own character. That’s what makes the Shore so attractive. Allowing Big Brother to dictate a town’s planning and zoning regulations would strip them of the many flavors and varieties each community has to offer its residents and tourists.”

Assemblyman Peter Barnes, D-Middlesex, recently said he plans to introduce a bill establishing a state commission that would have authority for rebuilding towns impacted b####
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