Van Drew: ‘Flood Insurance Matters’

Published Wednesday, August 21, 2019
by Erin Ledwon

AVALON – Flood insurance was among topics discussed by U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2nd) at the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce’s meeting Aug. 15 at Icona Avalon.

Some legislation would significantly increase the cost of flood insurance to all, said Van Drew. “We (New Jersey) happen to have a lot of shore, and so because we have so many coastal areas, it’s a really big deal,” he continued.

“What I’m not going to allow to happen, to the best of my ability, is what happened last time,” he added. He was referring to a bill by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) that “nobody knew about,” which resulted in higher flood insurance bills.

“We all went nuts,” Van Drew said. “It wasn’t even a Republican or Democrat thing … we had people from every level of government saying ‘hey, we just can’t do this, it’s going to kill our economy,’ and it is going to hurt our economy.”

Not only would the bill hurt the economy and the people who represent chambers of commerce, Van Drew said, but it would hurt the middle class as well.

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