May 24, 2013- Point Pleasant, NJ- As the summer tourism season kicks off, NJ Today’s Managing Editor Mike Schneider sits down with Governor Christie in Point Pleasant to discuss the state of the shore and what still needs to be done to recuperate from Hurricane Sandy.
On the state of the shoreline, Christie assesses, “we’re not quite ready to protect ourselves yet.”
On the easement rights controversy, which has reached the state Supreme Court, Christie says the administration may not wait for an official ruling, “We may not wait. The state may take over because I simply believe this is a statewide issue and while I have great respect for home rule and the localities and understand their concerns about the Harvey Cedars case, I think this is something we have to do no matter what. We have a window to do this with significant federal support and I think we have to do it, so if there’s going to be any further delay, the state may very well step in take over and I may have some stuff to say about that next week.”
His best decision in the wake of Sandy? “..odd-even gas. There was a lot of other decisions that are more long-lasting than that, but there was real sense of panic in the state and there was a lot of divided opinion around the table about whether to go to odd-even gas. And when we did, as you probably recall, the lines dissipated … the stress went down, the tension went down and I think it just calmed people. And so I say it’s the best decision not because it was the most important decision but it was one of the more disputed decisions and it turned out OK.”
Watch the interview on tonight’s edition of NJ Today with Mike Schneider at 6pm, 7:30pm and 11pm on NJTV.
NJ Today's Managing Editor Mike Schneider interviews Governor Chris Christie May 24th in Point Pleasant