Judge won't stop Long Branch beach replenishment

- A U.S. District judge today refused to stop a beach replenishment project scheduled to begin in Long Branch next month.

Judge Mary Cooper, sitting in Trenton, said the Jersey Shore chapter of the Surfrider Foundation did not meet the criteria needed for her to take such a step. The foundation sued to stop work on the $9.3 million project until the federal government agrees to test the sand to be used on a quarter-mile of the Monmouth County beach for potential contaminants.

"Obviously we're going to keep going forward," said Surfrider attorney James Sullivan. "Hopefully at the end of the day we'll succeed."