Answering a question from a Beach Haven West realtor at the Manahawkin Town Hall Meeting this afternoon, Governor Chris Christie said that he will set flood elevation standards for New Jersey construction, rather than wait for FEMA to do so.
Christie said that he will set aggressive standards next week that might exceed the eventual FEMA standards. In that case, residents that rebuild to Christie’s standards will end up saving on flood insurance in the future.
FEMA’s advisory map standards will not be finalized for at 18 months to two years. Christie is taking his action to prevent residents from waiting to rebuild until the FEMA standards are final.