Was Jersey Shore Shortchanged In Sandy Recovery?

Advocacy group says $8 - $13 billion in losses will go uncovered

By Daniel Nee

Despite billions of dollars pledged by the federal government to assist in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, some state officials say New Jerseyans may have been short-changed by their own state with a lack of financial assistance.

"One of the things we have to think about is New Jersey getting into the game," said state Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex), who led a joint meeting of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly environmental committees this month in Toms River. "We did it in [Hurricane] Floyd, and it helped, but this time the state of New Jersey didn't do anything for its citizens."

'One-size-fits-all' doesn't
After the remnants of Hurricane Floyd inundated portions of North Jersey, especially the town of Bound Brook, with river flooding, the state provided $100 million in disaster relief funding, Smith said. But in Sandy, the Garden State has relied solely on federal dollars and reimbursements, forcing state residents to comply with "one-size fits all" federal rules that make recovery more difficult.

"As long as we're living by the federal rules and federal rules only, the piper is calling the tune, and that tune is not necessarily good for New Jersey," Smith said.

"We as legislators have to take a stand," said Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Essex).

Smith said legislation could be acted on as early as January to provide state funding to assist storm victims. Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) has already introduced a bill to provide $100 million, the same amount that was allocated for victims of Hurricane Floyd.

At the same meeting, Lauren Townsend of the advocacy group US Strong, said her organization estimates that coast-wide, between $8 billion and $13 billion in damage from Sandy will not be covered by the federal government.

"Savings are gone, homes have been swallowed whole and small business owners' dreams have been lost," she told the bipartisan committees.

How residents responded on Patch.com

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EVERYONE was short changed... Broad Channel, Breezy Point, the Rockaways and the list goes on. Why does Jersey get to stand out in the crowd...??? The devistation was/is felt my all other community's equally as much. It doesn't matter if you lost a small home or a big one. It all hurts the same.
God Bless all who continue to put their lives back together.
This Government and all involved insurance company's can go to Hell.

October 28 2013 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What happen to all the things that chris C was going to do for the people he took care of seaside but what about the rest ..the ins comp's aren't paying what they should be and fema that's a big joke how about the gove stepping in and shake up the ins comp's .. I guess the old saying is it's who you know ...only in America can you pay and get the shaft with a lil of K>Y.

October 28 2013 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jersey Shore is short changed because it is TOO WHITE!

October 28 2013 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It makes one wonder why and I'll be plain, the Caucasians get all the continuous help needed from various agencies when disaster strikes such as Sandy which is commendable. But, no one seems to care about the African-Americans that was denied crossing the bridge and the basic a bottle of water and other ethnicity devastated by Katrina with the exception of the "whites" who were rescued by boats, helicopters, any means necessary? These people of colour are still suffering and in dire need of assistance but as one newscaster described those in direct danger, "refugees"!
American citizens on American soil..."Refugees"! Where is the help they've needed since the Marines left in 2006. It's 2013 and nothing is heard of the misery and agony still suffered by the people in Louisiana or in the media. This is America, land of what and home of who? If you're African-American..a/k/a "Refugees", help is a long way off....if any! Listen close, don't hold your breath!!

October 27 2013 at 6:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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You sir are SOOOO mis-informed and may I say the obvious...??? A racist

October 28 2013 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Student found dead wrapped in a wrestling mat without clothing and internal organs missing replaced with newspaper.

This sounds like an organ sale with the authorities covering up the crime of murder. These sellers of organs will stoop to any low for a dollar and especially pure, unadulterated organs!! The organ removal was done by a professional medical practitioner or a mortician. Executions for those involved, but than again it appears they're covering for each other!!
Although he’s an attorney, Crump doesn't impress me, he’s nowhere’s near a Johnny Cochran!! For the life of me, why when these cases come up, the best of African-American attorneys don't step forward? Even if there is the inability to pay, what about those in the entertainment, sports and industry put some money on the table? But they're too busy trying to keep up with the big shots buying mansions and luxury limousines!! Wait, where are the loud mouths TS and CW?? Busy planning verbal attacks on our President and what he’s not doing for the “black community”!!!. What have you two done lately??

October 27 2013 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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all I know I don't believe that mat story one little bit ; I hope some one steps up to help out the family ;terrible only way to describe it !!!

October 28 2013 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

FYI..These things "happen" to ALL races.. What is your beef with regards to the bLack community...like "they" are the only ones suffering for horriffic crimes...???? OMG...

October 28 2013 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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