Officials in New Jersey may need to consider a "strategic retreat" from flood-prone areas as well as a program to convert these areas for parks, wetlands and other alternative uses, according to environmental groups. "If this is the new normal now, then we need to seek out some different solutions than what we have right now," said Joe Reynolds of the Bayshore Watershed Council. For Gov. Chris Christie's administration, "without doubt, rebuilding the shoreline is a critical environmental priority" for the year ahead, said Larry Hajna of the Department of Environmental Protection.

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