BRICK TOWNSHIP - Mayors of shore towns have formally asked Gov. Chris Christie to allow residents displaced by Sandy to return starting next month.

The mayors from Seaside Heights, Toms River and Brick Township say they've asked Christie to allow residents back beginning Jan. 7. Brick Township Mayor Steve Acropolis says residents should have complete access to the barrier island, whether they want to return home or help out others.

The formal request has now been sent to Christie's office for approval.