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Jersey Residents Happy With Storm Recovery, Ready for Vacation

By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 01:42 PM

The recovery from last year's Hurricane Sandy is going so well that New Jersey residents plan on keeping their summer vacation plans for the shore intact, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University.

According to the poll of 1,129 New Jersey voters conducted March 19-24, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has also done a good job managing the cleanup and rebuilding effort in the aftermath of the massive storm that hit the Jersey shore Oct. 29.

Seventy-four percent of survey respondents said the state's recovery is going well and 85 percent said they have no plans to change their vacations to the Jersey shore this summer.

Opinions were mixed, however, on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency handled the hurricane, with 43 percent saying the agency's performance was excellent, and 47 percent saying it was not so good or poor. But 70 percent ranked the state government's response as excellent or good, while 74 percent said local authorities did okay as well.

But insurance companies took a blow in the survey, with only 25 percent giving them a good response rating; 56 percent said they were not pleased at all with their insurance companies.

Respondents were also asked what steps should be taken in the future to protect the shore from storms. Voters across the state agreed by a margin of 69 percent to 23 percent that more sand dunes and seawalls should be put in place, even if it means blocking views of the ocean.

"Better safe than scenic,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Those Shore dwellers who say dunes would spoil their views don't get much sympathy - even from their neighbors in Shore areas. In fact, New Jersey voters say 72 - 22 percent that government has the right to block someone's ocean view with a dune or seawall.”

By a margin of 73 percent to 21 percent, New Jersey voters also supported the idea of allowing the government to buy flood-threatened properties and stop further development on those sites.

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