About $30 million in federal funding will be used to shore up beaches in northern Ocean County.
According to APP, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said Wednesday he received word that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be receiving money for the beach repair project Wednesday. “I couldn’t be happier,” Smith said.
He said the state — and possibly local municipalities — will have to contribute some money to the project. He was hopeful that some of the federal funding New Jersey has received for pandemic relief could be used to pay the state’s share of the beach replenishment project. The $30.2 million in infrastructure funds represents 50% of the estimated project cost, Smith said. The state and local municipalities will have to make up the rest.
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In a letter sent earlier this month, Smith, R-N.J., had requested that the Biden administration funnel some money from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to the Corps for the northern Ocean project.