About a year after the federal government allocated $1.8 billion to New Jersey to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, the state has distributed less than a quarter of the disaster relief aid, according to a new report - @starledger
At town hall, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blames federal government for people still struggling after Sandy; worries more federal money will be spent on auditing that on impacted people - @Olivianuzzi
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spokesman on Sandy investigation: 'Federal agency reviews are routine and standard operating procedure with all federally allocated resources to ensure that funds are distributed fairly. We're confident that any review will show that the ads were a key part in helping New Jersey get back on its feet after being struck by the worst storm in state history' - statement via @NBCNews
Women stand on a piece of the devastated Rockaway beach boardwalk that was blown onto Beach 91st street by Hurricane Sandy, in the Queens borough of New York, on Oct. 1. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)
Superstorm Sandy is blamed for at least 120 deaths and battered coastline areas from North Carolina to Maine. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the hardest hit states and suffered high winds, flooding and storm surges. The storm damaged or destroyed more than 72,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey. In New York, 305,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and more than 265,000 businesses were affected.
More than $2 billion in federal funds has been spent so far on relief efforts for 11 states and the District of Columbia struck by the storm, one of the worst ever to hit the Northeast. A federal relief bill to provide additional funding stalled in Congress on Jan. 1, 2013, after Republican leadership in the House of Representatives refused to take up a Senate-passed bill. - AP