June 27, 2014 |
To retired banker Peter R. Hill, Gov. Christie "may be the last best hope" for less government spending, lower taxes, and fewer public employee pension benefits. He hopes to see a President Christie in the White House someday. So at the end of Wednesday's town hall-style event at a Haddon Heights elementary school, Hill pronounced himself pleased. "He pretty much said what I thought he was going to say," said Hill, a longtime resident who shook candidate Christie's hand during a 2009 campaign stop in Haddon Heights.
May 28, 2014
New Jersey's Third Congressional District stretches from the Delaware to the Atlantic, encompassing more than 50 towns on the way. But just try to find a candidate who lives there. Retired insurance executive Tom MacArthur - the Republican establishment's choice to succeed its physically formidable but fed-up incumbent, Jon Runyan - was as recently as December the mayor of the North Jersey town of Randolph, due west of New York City. MacArthur's claim to a foothold in the region is that he summered in Ocean County for several years and recently relocated to Toms River.
January 16, 2014 |
The release Tuesday of $145 million in long-awaited funds - money that could help as many as 2,000 New Jersey Shore families impacted by Hurricane Sandy finally return to their homes - was announced amid a federal review into whether Gov. Christie misspent relief funds on a controversial tourism campaign. The state received approval from the Obama administration to amend the New Jersey Disaster Relief Recovery Action Plan to move additional money from existing federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds into two Sandy recovery housing programs.
November 14, 2013 |
More than a year after three feet of water deluged her home in the Merion Park section of Ocean City, N.J., during Sandy, year-round resident Kathleen Givens is still living in a borrowed house. Tiny payouts from private flood and homeowners insurance policies have finally begun to trickle in, but none of it is enough to pay the $60,000 it will cost to lift her Cape May County house onto pilings now required if she is ever to obtain insurance again, or pay the close to $200,000 it will cost to repair the storm-ravaged structure.
October 28, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - One year after the hurricane wrapped in a cold front devastated the Jersey coast, much of the money donated in Sandy's name and then funneled to local Long Term Recovery Groups remains unspent. "As far as helping people directly with those funds, we haven't done a lot of that yet," said Bob Hodnett, who chairs the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group, which received $3.6 million from three fund-raising giants: the Robin Hood Foundation, the Red Cross, and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief, chaired by first lady Mary Pat Christie.
July 10, 2013 |
SAYREVILLE, N.J. - The famous New Jersey rocker with liberal leanings put his arm around Republican Gov. Christie, walked down a Sandy-damaged street to greet giddy residents, then announced a $1 million donation for Sandy relief. No, not that famous New Jersey rocker. While Christie and his far more liberal musical idol, Bruce Springsteen, publicly reconciled their differences in the aftermath of Sandy, the storm also brought Christie together with another New Jersey rock-and-roll name: Jon Bon Jovi.
June 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Giant removable floodwalls would be erected around lower Manhattan, and levees, gates, and other defenses would be built elsewhere around the city under a nearly $20 billion plan proposed Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to protect New York from storms and the effects of global warming. It is one of the most ambitious projects ever proposed for defending a major U.S. city from the rising seas and severe weather that climate change is expected to bring. It was outlined seven months after Hurricane Sandy drove home the danger by swamping Lower Manhattan and smashing homes and businesses in other shoreline neighborhoods.
May 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Oklahoma has one of the most conservative congressional delegations of any state: seven Republican men, including fierce advocates for cutting federal spending. Five of those seven voted no in January on a bill to provide $50 billion in disaster funding for states hit by Hurricane Sandy. On Tuesday, the disaster was Oklahoma's, a tornado that swept through the town of Moore on Monday. So Oklahoma's lawmakers faced the same question: Would they support an influx of new funding - if necessary - for disaster relief in Oklahoma?
May 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - New York and New Jersey communities hit by Sandy will get $569 million for improvements to sewage treatment and drinking water facilities, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. New York will get $340 million in federal disaster relief funds and $229 million is going to New Jersey, EPA officials said. The massive storm released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington to Connecticut, a report released this week by a science journalism group found.
April 22, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Craig Snow of Hope Force International arrived in Atlantic City from Nashville two days after Sandy. "I was about to leave because I didn't think that Atlantic City got hit," said Snow, a tall, bald, neatly dressed out-of-towner, now ensconced in a fourth-floor office suite in a dreary building on New York Avenue. "Then I realized Atlantic City did not have the dramatic but did have the traumatic. " A veteran of rebuilding in Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans, Snow's and other missionary groups dug in for the long haul in this casino town, setting up the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group and securing nearly $1 million in grants to help rebuild.