Christie Holding Town Hall Meeting in Belmar Thursday

Continues 'Town Hall' meetings with public, this time in Hurricane Sandy devastated borough

Gov. Chris Christie will continue his "town hall" meetings, holding a public event Thursday in the hurricane-damaged borough of Belmar.

Throughout his administratrion the governor has held many of these town hall meetings, holding events to speak with the public and interact with local citizens as Christie promotes "the Jersey Comeback."

These days the dialogue has turned to coming back from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed large areas of the state, including Thursday's town hall host town, Belmar.

The borough saw more than a thousand homes flooded by the storm, said Mayor Matt Doherty, and the boardwalk was uplifted by the storm surge and destroyed.

The town hall meeting is Thursday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. at the borough gymnasium at Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street in Belmar, 07719.

Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and open to the public. Please RSVP by clicking here. Organizers are encouraging early arrival as the building has limited capacity.

Squandered Youth March 18, 2013 at 03:20 PM
We need the Governer to acknowledge and fix the problem that Biggert-Waters and the new maps raise premiums to unaffordable levels unless homeowners pay unaffordable house raising costs. These costs are, for most homes ,unnecessary based on experience or could be made unnecessary with less expensive modifications of the dune systems and selective application of the new maps and premiums to substantially or repetitively damaged homes at a time when complying with new standards is a much lower marginal cost. We need to view home-raising as a last resort. The CBDG program tries to make this easier, but only for primary homes. Most homes caught in this bind are not primary residences, but second homes that are rented and are important to Shore economy. Their owners are individuals and families stressed at the potential loss of an important asset. Letting second home owners get priced out will blight the Shore just as effectively as forcing out primary residents. Ironically, most people would prefer NOT to get $50k handouts to jack up houses to places they don't need to go. We need the State and our representatives in Congress to press for relief from Biggert-Waters and its new flood maps that don't square with experience and "actuarial" premiums that collect in ten years or less the anticipated cost of 100 years or more of claims. The increased premiums do not reflect our true risk of loss and appear to be another example of NJ giving and the rest of the country taking.


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