MOONACHIE - A newly released federal audit of Superstorm Sandy funds found that $43 million needs to be accounted for. Two New Jersey congressmen say that money could have gone to victims of the storm who are still not back in their homes.
The audit was conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The investigation was requested after Hammerman & Gainer Inc., the group in charge of a hefty contract to rebuild Sandy damage, was fired less than a year after it was hired.
Reps. Bill Pascrell and Frank Pallone held a media event in Moonachie Friday to request an investigation into where the money went. Moonachie was greatly affected by the superstorm.
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“According to the findings, New Jersey did not have adequate controls in place to administer this contract and monitor contract performance,” says Rep. Pascrell.
"The last thing we want is for the taxpayers of New Jersey to have to pay this money back. HGI should pay the money back,” added Rep. Pallone.
The congressmen say Gov. Chris Christie needs to account for the money. They want to hold the Christie administration accountable on transparency.
They say the money could have been used to help people affected by Sandy, like the residents of Moonachie.
"Every day we work on the individual cases to try and make sure people get money but many people are still not back. Many businesses are still not back,” says Rep. Pallone.
The congressman have also sent a formal letter to the governor’s office.