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Mon May 25, 2015, 09:27 PM

51. Memorial Day-A Time To Reflect....

on the colossal failure of Christie's recovery efforts after Sandy. Well, if you're politically connected or if your mayor endorsed Christie, you might have gotten some of that $4.8 billion in Sandy aid he's been holding on to. You know for a senior citizen's complex in Belleville or a luxury high rise in New Brunswick. Otherwise, you're probably out of luck. Maybe you can stay at Christie's house in Mendham or maybe at the Governor's shore house in Island Beach State Park.Then again, probably not.

Three years after Sandy, Jersey shore struggles to recover

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — In the months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey shore, Governor Chris Christie warned residents the damage would not be quickly undone.

Things would only look moderately better in the first summer after the storm, he said, and would be closer to normal in the second one.

But with the third summer after Sandy nearly here, the Jersey shore is still recovering despite the substantial progress that has been made in the 2˝ years since the October 2012 storm. Beaches have been restored, roads rebuilt, infrastructure hardened, and many homes have been repaired.

But thousands of others still have not, and only now is the state getting to the last of thousands of applicants who had been on a waiting list for New Jersey’s main rebuilding grant program. The federal government has awarded New Jersey $4.1 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds for disaster recovery; $1.64 billion has been given to homeowners so far. The state says it is handing out money as fast as it can while guarding against theft or fraud.

‘‘I want to go home, I want my kids to go home, and everybody else to go back home,’’ said Joe Karcz, whose home in Stafford Township had to be demolished. ‘‘Two and a half years later, my home is still a dirt lot. I’ve moved 12 times since the storm. The home I’m in now just got sold, and I’ll be moving a 13th time. It’s a travesty.’’


Read it here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2015/05/21/jersey-shore-still-recovering-post-sandy-summer-nears/GTXl47kS8tRIOu0QEZpP9M/story.html

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