Rumpf Named to N.J. Beach Erosion Commission

May 03, 2017
Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (R-9th) will sit on the state Beach Erosion Commission. He was appointed last week by the speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy left a wake of destruction through much of the Garden State’s coastal communities.

Rumpf said he believes his appointment will help him “better represent the interests of my constituents for whom this is a significant issue.”

In the aftermath of the October 2012 Superstorm, it was apparent that shore towns with newly replenished beaches fared better than those municipalities in need of beach replenishment, the assemblyman said.

Support for beach improvement projects is not only essential to public safety and property preservation but to safeguard the Jersey Shore as “one of the most critical areas of the state economy,” Rumpf said. “The Jersey Shore remains a top tourist destination for this region of the country.”

Along with 9th District Sen. Christopher J. Connors and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, Rumpf supported Gov. Christie’s 2013 executive order allowing the state to move forward with dune construction projects to protect the Garden State’s coastal communities.

The local delegation was the major sponsor of legislation creating the Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force. Rumpf was the vice-chairman of the task force, which lobbied for supplemental transportation funding to the Golf Coast area following hurricanes Katrina and Rita there. —G.G.S.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McDonald | May 04, 2017 09:08

Five years after Hurricane Sandy, we are finally addressing the fact that beach erosion should be, and should have been, a major concern of the Jersey Shore residents' representatives. And the 9th District, the major sponsor of legislation creating the Coastal NJ Evacuation Task Force, hasn't sponsored any new roads, or even widening the current two-lane highways, that will be necessary to evacuate both the residents and a couple of hundred thousand Jersey Shore vacationers gridlocked on all of our barrier islands. As for the endless search for more hurricane financial relief, only those still waiting to rebuild know how that is working out for them, at least those that haven't already fallen by the wayside waiting.

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