Chris Christie Lays Out How Sandy Money Will Be Spent [VIDEO/AUDIO]
Governor Chris Christie doesn’t hold any grudges against lawmakers for the delay of the Sandy Relief Bill, but says now it’s time for the money to be distributed to where it needs to be.
Speaking to a completely packed gymnasium at Saint Mary of the Pine’s Parish in Manahawkin for his 100th Town Hall meeting, the governor laid out the plan for distributing the 51 billion in Sandy relief.
He told the crowd of 850 (with an additional 250 in a separate viewing room) that once the bill passes the US Senate and gets signed by President Obama then it will be a matter of weeks before the money can be doled out.
Christie Describes “Categories” of Relief
The Governor noted the money will be divided into “several categories” split between state agencies, community development block grants, and the Army Corps of Engineers.
“Like to the Department of Transportation to fix roads that were destroyed, to replace train cars that were destroyed, to replace train tracks that were destroyed, overhead wires that were destroyed.”
Christie noted the state agencies will receive money to focus on rebuilding and improving the Sandy-battered infrastructure.
“So if we have another storm we don’t have the same level of destruction and loss.”
He added the state will make sure to adhere to high standards of construction.
“And that’s the old don’t throw good money after bad routine. You don’t want to fix it once to a lower standard and then we get another storm same thing happens again.”
Christie Adamant on Dune Construction
Governor Chris Christie says the Army Corps of Engineers will be tasked with constructing dunes across the shore, something Christie has been adamant about since the storm hit.
“There should no longer be any debate about whether the engineered dune systems work or they don’t.”
He noted he will not tolerate private homeowners slowing down the construction of dunes.
Roughly seventeen billion will be split amongst New Jersey, New York, and CT for community block grants for small business and homeowners. He notes that part of the relief bill got apprehension from fellow republicans.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever heard conservative Republicans opposed to block grants.” Adding “what block grants do is give control of an individual state control over that money.”
Christie says the money will fill gaps for people needing to rebuild their homes, rental assistance, and business grants.
Courtesy Governor’s Office