Ingratitude in New Jersey

U.S. taxpayers have spent around $60 billion trying to undo the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. More than $2 billion – and probably a lot more than $2 billion – has gone to the state of New Jersey, mostly to its beach towns. (And if you’ve ever got a few hours to kill, try getting a more precise number.) That money was used to restore decimated beaches, rebuild destroyed businesses, and support the rebuilding of homes.

Yet as the summer season officially began with Memorial Day weekend, those ungrateful New Jersey pigs still have the audacity to charge visitors a fee to step onto their beaches.

They ought to be kissing those visitors’ feet, not pissing all over them.

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On June 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I agree. I love the beach and was glad to see it being brought back after the storm, even though my tax dollars were enhancing the property values of others, not the “summer homeless” like me. I was lucky enough to spend last weekend with friends at a beach house owned by one of them. We had beach tags at the house, but were annoyed when after a shopping trip downtown, we wanted to end our walk at water’s edge, but would have had to go back to the house for tags first, as ocean/ beach patrol were guarding the entrance to the beach, and even a bunch of fifty- something women with no beach chairs etc, could not have gained access for a walk. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you…

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On June 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    It’s especially galling when the beach fees are charged by towns that are really hostile to visitors and especially day-trippers: places like Brigantine and Long Beach Island towns like Harvey Cedars and Loveladies that provide little or no parking, limited beach access, and few if any toilet facilities. Those towns are just takers, and if they’re not going to share what they have, then U.S. taxpayers should not share their money with them.

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