NJ WIll Soon Get First Portion Of Sandy Aid
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Sea Girt. February 6, 2013
Governor Chris Christie says the first installment of the federal Sandy aid package should be flowing into New Jersey by the end of the month.
If the feds approve the state’s plan, Christie says $1.8 billion will be distributed as Community Development Block Grants to businesses and homeowners for reconstruction, repairs, and mitigation efforts to prevent flooding.
“In New Jersey I think the biggest issue here at the shore in particular is getting homeowners back in their homes, getting businesses reopened so things can start moving and beating again here for the summer season.”
Just how residents can apply for the grants hasn't been determined yet.
Christie is hoping the federal department of Housing and Urban Development will allow the state to use some of the money for an aggressive marketing program to let people know the shore will be open for business this summer.
“They’ve seen all the destruction. It’s been a hundred days now. They figure maybe the whole beach is going to be gone for the whole summer. We know that’s not true. So we know our towns need that really aggressive advertising to let folks know they can come here this summer and have a really great time at the Jersey Shore.”