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OPINION: Ocean County Politicians Failed Us

Today's news about the diversion of Sandy recovery money:  Hardest-hit OC got only 7.7% even after our votes re-elected Christie!  ---

Time for some political payback in OC.

--- “There is just far more money going to Essex than the impact warrants, and far too little going to Ocean... People displaced from their homes in Toms River are not going to move 75 miles to find affordable housing in Newark.”

--- According to state data, out of the initial round of nearly $160 million in funding, Atlantic County, where Sandy hit, received 20 percent of the funding. But 16.1 percent of the money went to Essex County and another 13.7 percent went to Middlesex. Ocean County, which was particularly devastated, received just 7.7 percent."

--- ---    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/sandy_housing_aid_went_to_projects_far_from_the_storm.html#incart_m-rpt-1

Kathy Mueller February 17, 2014 at 04:08 PM
That can't be right. I worked on REM grants to keep residents in Ocean County and was told Ocean County was hit hardest and would receive the most funding.
Just another day February 18, 2014 at 12:19 AM
AHHHHH, Martin the malcontent whiner. Ocean County Pols did a fantastic job. Your battle is with your insurance company.
John Buchner February 18, 2014 at 07:28 AM
This is what happens when voters cast their ballots against their own better interests because they failed to do their homework before they wen t to the polls. What good will casting your vote to keep gay people from joining in wedlock at bay do you when you haven't got a solid foundation to rebuild your storm destroyed home upon?
Mortimer Snerd February 18, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Voice your opinion of the bungled Sandy recovery process TODAY (Tuesday) or Friday. Bring a friend and bring signs! The governor will hold a clown hall meeting in Middletown on Tuesday. Christie is expected to discuss distribution (diversion) of federal Sandy recovery funds during his performance at Middletown VFW Post 2179 in Port Monmouth on Tuesday, February 18th. The public "photo opp" will be Christie's first time taking questions from a crowd since allegations of politically-motivated George Washington Bridge lane closures and politically motivated usage of Sandy recovery funds surfaced in January. Doors open at 10 a.m., with the event starting at 11 a.m. ==> Limited seating will be first come, first served, and open to the public. No bags will be permitted in the venue. Residents may RSVP for the session at TownHall.Middletown@gov.state.nj.us. Following the town hall session, NJ Mobile Cabinet will remain on site to meet with affected residents and answer Sandy-related questions regarding housing and business assistance programs. On Friday, Feb. 21st, the final public hearing on the state's (mismanagement of) storm recovery funds has been rescheduled for 4 PM at Brookdale College, Middletown, Monmouth County. Register in advance to speak for 3 mins. at http://bit.ly/SandyPublicHearings) or email your comments now to sandy.publiccomment@dca.state.nj.us.
Martin February 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Postponement of the inevitable questions of NJ homeowners who, 16 months after Sandy, are still waiting for the promised state recovery programs, insurance claim payments and straight answers from His Royal Majesty. Clown Hall meeting today postponed -- Governor's "snow job" coming at a later date! Several Gannett newspapers and websites published this editorial... Maybe we'll get some carefully scripted answers at the governor's "town hall" photo opp (if and when it's rescheduled) ==> or Friday at his cabinet commissioner's public hearing, both in Middletown: http://www.thedailyjournal.com/.../OPINION01/302060015/ The 1" dusting in Middletown has already melted, but Christie told state workers to report later, and his entourage's plane landed OK at Newark from the Puerto Rican vacation. He will have no problem flying off to Utah for another Repub. fund-raiser. What a hypocrite -- What a liar -- What a denier -- What a waste of taxpayers' money!
John E February 18, 2014 at 03:43 PM
People run to be a politician for one reason only...$$$$$$ for them ( whatever way they can get it)!
Donald J Borst February 25, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Gee, what a surprise that our politicians??? failed us. That's what they're paid to do folks. Do you think for one minute that they care about us, the ones that pay their salaries? NO WAY!!! WAKE UP FOLKS, THEY"RE ALL ABOUT THEM

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