A state badly in need of Sandy aid will have to wait a little while. According to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s office, the governor’s office will have to send detailed applications to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, the Obama administration’s Sandy overseer, for approval. Christie Press Secretary Michael Drewniak told us today, “It’s not coming in one check.”
“We don’t want to raise expectations,” Drewniak said. “How much of the $50 billion storm relief package is coming to New Jersey can’t be answered with specificity.” Some will come through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Drewniak said.
Some will come through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) for small businesses. Some will come through the Department of Community Affairs for housing issues.
We asked Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who lives in hard-hit Monmouth Beach, what her expectations are.
“I can tell you two things. First, the president hasn’t yet signed it as of me standing up here, although we’re watching it very carefully. The second is ‘not fast enough.’ My next door neighbor is a single mom with two kids. She hasn’t been in her house in 92 days. Her kids go to two different schools because the schools are still closed. So the answer to the question I think is very simple — not fast enough,” Guadagno said.
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