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Poll says Jerseyans want Trenton to pick up Sandy's tab

SANDYSEASIDE112712_optBY GINA G. SCALA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

For all those worried the Jersey Shore won’t be back before Memorial Day 2013, you aren’t from here, are you?

"It might feel like we’re down right now, and today was not a pleasant day to see some of the sights I saw, but just because we’re down today doesn’t mean we won’t be up tomorrow," Gov. Chris Christie said earlier this month, according to NJ.com, after touring some of the devastated Jersey Shore communities.

It may be a long, frustrating and sometimes ugly winter but the Jersey Shore will be back next summer; though it’s unlikely to look and feel like last summer or the summer before that. But that’s true of any period of time.

To quote Kevin Costner in a Field of Dreams, “If you build it they will come.”

How to rebuild is the question, and a new Quinnipiac University poll finds that New Jerseyans want the rebuilding of the coastal communities to be more robust, to avoid this kind of natural, catastrophic disaster from ever happening again.

“Voters throughout the state think Trenton should help pay to restore the boardwalks and they'd like Trenton, not local communities, to pick up the overall bill,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement accompanying the poll’s findings.

About one-third of Jersey Shore residents agree the rebuilding should be under stiffer building codes, according the survey. Less than 20 percent of those surveyed said owners should be permitted to build with no changes to the building codes, and nine percent don’t believe in rebuilding, at all, the survey found.

If everyone worked as diligently and heroically as New Jersey Natural Gas did to restore service on Long Beach Island in such a short period of time, well, there’s no telling what could be accomplished by Memorial Day.

I’m just saying.

 

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