9th Legislative District Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf has been named to the New Jersey State Beach Erosion Commission by the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.
“As a representative of a legislative district that experienced widespread damage by Superstorm Sandy, I feel serving on the State Beach Erosion Commission will enable me to better represent the interests of my constituents for whom this is a significant issue.
“When assessing the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, it was unmistakable that those municipalities where beach replenishment projects were more recently completed were more resilient against the Superstorm than those municipalities in need of beach replenishment. Effectively, this is a testament to the overall success of the state’s beach replenishment program.
“It’s important to note that beach replenishment projects are not only essential to public safety and the protection of property. Funding for these projects is also a sound investment in one of the most critical areas of the state economy, as the Jersey shore remains a top tourist destination for this region of the country.”
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Assemblyman Rumpf, along with his 9th District colleagues Senator Christopher J. Connors and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, wholeheartedly supported Governor Christie’s 2013 Executive Order that allowed the state to move forward with dune construction projects to protect New Jersey’s coastal communities.
More than five years before Sandy hit the Jersey Coast with destructive force, members of the 9th District delegation were prime sponsors of the legislation, signed into law, that established the Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force. Assemblyman Rumpf served as Vice-Chairman of the Task Force, which the delegation used as a forum to advocate for additional transportation funding to the area following the destruction and chaos which ensued after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast.