By Minhaj Hassan | January 24th, 2013 - 7:03pm
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SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Gov. Chris Christie said he would seek a legislative remedy to prevent dune projects from being held up due to a handful of property owners failing to give permission for such reasons as view obstruction.

“I’m not going to have a lot of patience for people who tell us they don’t want to give permission because they don’t want to ruin their view,” Christie warned during a press conference at a Seaside Heights firehouse. “They don’t have a view now because they don’t have a house.

Presently, he said he is not going to force homeowners who’re holding to comply, but instead will hope that they would be cooperative on their own.

“What I am trying to signal to people is look at the communities that had them… look at the communities that didn’t …look at the level of destruction…there should no longer  be any debate about whether these dune systems work.”

He said he will consider his options, including working with the Legislature to put something in place if such a scenario arises.

“I simply don’t think it’s advisable for us to permit folks, case by case basis, to prevent the protection of entire communities because they want their view,” he said. “If we need to pursue legislation to get this done I’ll do it.”

Recently, a court awarded a Harvey Cedars couple $375,000 after the couple claimed a municipal dune project obstructed their oceanfront view.

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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