A North Jersey Assemblyman says he was working directly with the state Department of Environmental Protection prior to the filing of an eminent domain lawsuit that targets a portion of his family’s oceanfront property in Brick for protection dune development.
According to a statement from Assemblyman John McKeon, a Democrat who represents portions of Essex and Morris counties, he has been in conversations with the state regarding the “precise terms” of the easement.
“My family and I are not looking for one penny nor anything other than to assure that there will be an integrated dune system,” the statement said. “Our family home survived because of the meticulous nature by which we maintained the dune for years. Our concern has always been about where the dune is going to be sited and whether we would be permitted to maintain it on a going-forward-basis.”
Reached late Friday afternoon for comment, a state official said that they have been responsive to McKeon’s concerns.
“Any questions the assemblyman has asked, we have answered. We have responded to his questions over the span of two years now,” said Bob Considine, Department of Environmental Protection spokesman.
McKeon is among seven defendants in the eminent domain lawsuits.