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BiPartisan Effort To Rebuild From Sandy

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. November 13, 2012

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

Governor Christie and New Jersey legislative leaders say they’ll work in a bipartisan fashion to help the state rebuild from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and be better prepared for future storms.

Christie says rebuilding will be difficult because of the emotions and red tape that will be involved. He says the goal will be to make it as easy as possible.

He cautions against rushing to make changes in laws and regulations.

Christie says the idea of requiring every gas station in New Jersey to be equipped with generators might not be smart from a business perspective.

 “A lot of these are small mom and pop operations that work on very thing margins, and you could put them out of business with that cost. One step back might be to make them generator-accessible.”

Senate President Steve Sweeney says lawmakers will hold a series of hearings around the state before any legislation is developed to better protect New Jersey from future storms.

 “We want to hear from the professionals, zoning, planning. Where do you build? Where don’t you build? Utilities. What should be we doing? Should be we burying utilities? Realize if we buy utilities we’re bearing the cost. Do you do that over a period of ten years?”

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