New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should include climate change among the factors to consider in rebuilding coastal areas hit heavily by Hurricane Sandy and its remnants, some scientists say. "Sometimes, in the rush to recover, those communities are setting themselves up for the next disaster" because storms "are almost assuredly going to get much, much worse," said Gavin Smith of the University of North Carolina. New Jersey needs to take actions such as "hardening" infrastructure and updating building codes, Smith said, adding that "those decisions need to be made now."

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