- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

BRICK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey assemblyman who has refused to sign an easement allowing a dune project to be built behind his oceanfront house is among seven homeowners being sued by the state.

Assemblyman John McKeon, a northern New Jersey Democrat, is one of the homeowners facing eminent domain actions in Brick Township that were announced by the state Friday.

He did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But in the past, McKeon has said he would sign the easement after being assured exactly where it would be built.

The state also is going after four property owners in Margate and Longport, where dunes are being stalled by resistance from Margate officials and homeowners.

Another 17 cases have been filed on Long Beach Island within the past month.

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