Wildwood needs money for boardwalk repair — but Murphy says no

David Madden
September 05, 2019 - 1:38 pm
Wildwood Boardwalk.

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WILDWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The tram cars on the Wildwood Boardwalk won’t be making the full run for the rest of the season. Blame the condition of supports on the south end of the span, which need work. In fact, the whole boardwalk needs some work, and the mayor of Wildwood is none too happy that Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed state funding for it.

KYW Newsradio reported months ago about Ernie Troiano’s efforts to get $60 million in long-term funding for boardwalk repair. He was confident about things then, given discussions with Murphy's team.

"I received a call from them a while back stating that, if it ever came across his desk, he would support it," Troiano said. "When it did come time to walk the walk, he decided that the money was not to be appropriated."

The governor vetoed the measure, calling it "unconstitutional and unenforceable."

Troiano likens this to other battles pitting North Jersey vs. South Jersey, and would like to see the legislature try to override the veto. But even his own legislators have yet to get back to him on that.

Meanwhile, concrete supports from Convention Hall south to Cresse Avenue have weakened so that the tram cars won't go past the hall until next summer, when he expects repairs to be completed.

"The tram car never went further than Cedar Avenue. From Cedar to 26th Street," Troiano added. "Then back in the '70s they decided to make the whole run, and that has contributed to the wear of the boardwalk."

As for the long-term work, Troiano says he’ll keep looking for the funding from somewhere.