Disaster Aid Bill Would Help Sandy Victims

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. March 4, 2013

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Sandy damaged homes in Manasquan (photo by Phil Gregory)

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a disaster relief act that would provide $100 million to some of the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Senator Jim Whelan says the money would be used to help residents and businesses with storm damage that exceeded their insurance coverage.

He says some of it could help owners of second homes at the shore with damage not covered by FEMA.

 “Those second home owners come down on the weekends, and go to the restaurants, and walk the boardwalks, and spend their dollars supporting the amusement rides, etc. In much of our Jersey shore that tax base is derived from second homeowners. So what do those municipalities do when those folks walk away?”

Governor Christie has proposed $40 million in the new state budget for Sandy expenses not reimbursed by the federal government, but Whelan says residents in hard hit areas can’t afford to wait.

“The hope would be we would take the hundred million this year, get it going, and not wait until the budget is adopted in June. People need help tomorrow, but hopefully we can get something done this spring.”


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