Christie urges people to confront dune holdouts at shore

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 1:24 PM

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is urging residents to confront property owners who have helped block a plan to erect protective sand dunes in areas hit hard by Superstorm Sandy three years ago.

Christie spoke about the dune holdouts at a Friday news conference to discuss possible effects from Hurricane Joaquin.

He says people should knock on doors of oceanfront property owners in Bay Head, Point Pleasant Beach and other places resistant to the dune plan and ask residents why they won't sign easements to allow the dunes to be built.

The Republican presidential candidate used some of his most forceful language to date on the issue to condemn the city of Margate, which has wrestled the dune plan to a draw in federal court. He called them "selfish."