Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today visited Sea Isle City in Cape May County, greeting beachgoers along the boardwalk and reaffirming his strong commitment and record of action to protect New Jersey’s shore and the state’s robust tourism economy.
“On top of providing beaches for visitors with varying interests, Sea Isle City creates timeless traditions for New Jersey families,” said Governor Christie. “Year after year, residents and visitors demonstrate their passion for shore activities, which is why we are so committed to safeguarding the health and sustainability of our beaches, waterways and shore communities. We have an obligation to protect our state treasures and hand them down to our children and future generations to enjoy.”
Sea Isle City beaches provide access to swimmers, surfers, volleyball players, kayakers and fishermen alike. The barrier island city plays a significant role in the state’s overall tourism economy. Across Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties, tourism represented approximately 173,000 private sector jobs and generated approximately $19 billion in visitor revenues or half of New Jersey’s overall visitor spending which totaled $38 billion for 2011. The shore economy’s success – including the jobs, wages and economic growth it supports – is contingent on the continued health and protection of the natural resources and offerings at its beaches and waterways.
The Christie Administration is steadfast in its commitment to protect the Jersey Shore, its beaches, water quality, and businesses.
Since taking office, Governor Christie has taken action to keep all parks, historic sites and wildlife operations running; restored beach replenishment funding to its full level; opposed off-shore drilling in New Jersey, as well as drilling off the coast of other states that could negatively impact New Jersey's water and beaches, and made significant investments in the maintenance and modernization of the shore’s environmental infrastructure. Only two weeks ago, Governor Christie signed into law legislation that will provide $534 million for 117 projects statewide to help ensure safe drinking water and protect ground and surface water.
In 2011, Governor Christie signed legislation that secures safe and clean water infrastructure for the Garden State, providing $650 million in no-cost and low-cost loans for projects to enhance water quality across New Jersey. New Jersey’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT) provides no-cost and low-cost financing for environmental infrastructure-related projects, which also helps create jobs. The Governor has been a champion of open space preservation efforts, having previously signed Green Acres legislation to make nearly $157 million available for open-space acquisition and recreational development projects across the Garden State. Most recently, the State closed on a $4.6 million deal to preserve 835 acres in North Jersey’s environmentally sensitive Highlands region that previously had been slated for residential development.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE HAS ACTED ON HIS STRONG COMMITMENT TO PROTECT NEW JERSEY’S BEACHES AND WATERWAYS
Since Taking Office, Governor Christie Has Made The Preservation of New Jersey’s Shore A Top Priority:
Governor Chris Christie: “Whether it’s standing against offshore drilling or liquefied natural gas facilities that would industrialize the coastline, or aggressively pursuing a comprehensive plan to restore the ecological health of Barnegat Bay, protecting New Jersey’s shore is a top priority of my Administration.”
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