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NJ Comptroller Working on More Sandy Spending Audits [AUDIO]

Last week, a State Comptroller audit revealed a series of incorrect bills sent out by the company the Christie Administration hired to run Sandy clean up operations.

Hurricane Sandy
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There was no definitive proof that the overcharges were intentional, but nine Jersey shore towns will be getting their money back. This is not the last you’ll hear from Comptroller Matt Boxer when it comes to oversight of how federal Sandy relief aid is being spent.

“We have a lot of different ongoing Sandy work,” explains Boxer. “We’re reviewing contracts and procurement procedures. We are doing planning for a variety of Sandy-related audits.”

In February, Gov. Chris Christie signed an Executive Order directing Boxer’s office to conduct an independent, legal review of the procurement process for state contracts using federal reconstruction resources prior to the conclusion of the procurement process.

The order also mandated that all approved contracts be made publicly accessible on a State website in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding and the State Comptroller.

“New Jersey has been entrusted with billions of dollars in federal funding so that we can move forward in the storm recovery and rebuilding process,” said Christie after signing the order. “I want everyone to have confidence that those funds are being spent wisely and that contracts are managed properly in every respect, from procurement to execution.”

The Sandy oversight responsibilities are welcomed by Boxer because he says the taxpayers should be secure in the knowledge that the federal aid is being spent wisely.

“We are focused like on laser on making sure no money is misspent,” says Boxer.

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