New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Congress and red tape delayed the recovery process following the megastorm that struck on Oct. 29, 2012.CGI in charge of disbursing $2billion in Sandy relief funds...
TRENTON, N.J.— Gov. Chris Christie says he understands victims' frustrations a year after Superstorm Sandy but maintains that his administration isn't to blame for delays in aid reaching victims.
In an interview with The Associated Press as the anniversary of the Oct. 29 megastorm approached, Christie blamed Congress, which took three months to approve a $50.7 billion relief package for the region, and a thicket of red tape put in place to prevent the type of fraud that occurred after Hurricane Katrina.
"We've done everything we possibly can, and I think in the immediate aftermath did a very good job," Christie told the AP. "Since then, we've kind of been hostage to two situations, the delay in the aid itself and then what I call the 'Katrina factor,' which is the much more detailed and difficult rules surrounding the distribution of the aid."....
Asked about the delay, Christie said cumbersome federal requirements are responsible.
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After Katrina, homeowners proved their losses and got their money, he said. Under the new rules, checks go directly to builders, so the jobs are being awarded through public bidding, slowing the process. Also, environmental and historical reviews are required for post-Sandy rebuilding of homes and businesses. Those reviews weren't required after Katrina.
Though he said he understands the insistence on increased oversight, Christie, a former federal prosecutor, said he would have done some things differently. For example, he would have cut checks to homeowners instead of builders in the remediation program but required residents to keep living in their homes for a certain time as a condition of receiving the grant.
"To the victims, I'd say you're right, it is too slow, and I wish that the federal government would allow us the flexibility to get you aid more quickly," Christie said.
What was that quote from the current admin of commie megalomaniacal kiddies on the DC hill---about LESSENING the BURDONSOME buearocracy of Mounds of RED TAPE herrings, in helping the storm struck state???
And people think having givverment butting into private sector markets is acceptable?
DOWN with COMMUNISM!
REDO the american communist act-Direct HIPPA Breaches of peoples private information into public-oh-so-hackable givverment-commie type www's is UNacceptable! It does NOT belong on a punlic web, but rather instead in teh socialist programs office with the REST of the givverment aid type programs!!
MORE ROBBINGhoodieTic type TAX and Punish teh already struggling working class sectors is UNacceptable! Stealing hard earned dolluhs from Working class Americans to fuel the already OVER used and abused grvy trains of fwee riders is WRONG. CAP 'em Curb 'em from ladder rung A to ladder rung Z, and charge 'em ALL across the boards. And do NOT touch the pockets of private sector businesses becauseCOMMUNISM stinks!
CHRISTIE/PAUL/RYAN, Uncle Joe et al 2016!
Leadership FOR all of America again, not Against it!