A fence that blocks the view of a major South Jersey body of water could be down before July 4 if one state senator has his way.
The security fence was built to protect the Great Egg Harbor Bridge from terrorist attacks, but Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Atlantic, says the barrier does nothing to shield the major thoroughfare into and out of the shore resorts.
“Most of the fencing is not all that functional and we believe that it should be taken down. Most importantly, common sense would tell you if anyone wants to access that bridge they can still easily get under there will all this existing fencing. They can still get under there using a boat,” said Van Drew.
After discussing the matter with Gov. Chris Christie’s chief counsel, Van Drew says the fence is going to be removed; it’s just a matter of timing.
“Hopefully, I would like to see it taken down before the big July Fourth weekend,” said Van Drew. “I would like to see it taken down with in-house labor, no additional cost to the taxpayer.”
A decision on the fence removal is expected within the next few weeks.