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Christie Defends Seaside Business Aid

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 18, 2013

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Governor Christie at Statehouse news conference
Governor Christie at Statehouse news conference (photo by Phil Gregory)


Governor Chris Christie is defending the use of some of New Jersey’s federal Sandy aid to help boardwalk businesses damaged by last week’s fire.

Christie says Sandy was a contributing factor in causing the fire.

He says the Obama administration has no problem with using some of the grant and loan program funds to help those businesses recover.

  “The intent of the business money that the federal government sent was to restore business in these communities, and the fact is that this was contributed to by Sandy and is now going to diminish the business activity in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights where we already are expending money to try to build up the business community.”

Christie says the money to help restore those businesses will not affect the funding for residents who suffered Sandy damage and are rebuilding.

“None of the money that will be spent in Seaside Park or Seaside Heights comes out of money that will be spent to help people get back in their homes. They’re two separate pots of money, made separate by the Obama administration and by the Congress.”

The governor says the state will also be getting additional federal money to help with Sandy recovery.
 

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