Dept. of Community Affairs head Richard Constable defends state role in Sandy aid

Richard Constable asked state senators not to blame the administration for problems in the aid program, but to blame Washington.

Richard Constable asked state senators not to blame the administration for problems in the aid program, but to blame Washington. (2/24/14)

TRENTON - The head of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs took questions about how Gov. Chris Christie's administration is helping rebuild homes damaged by Sandy.

Richard Constable asked state senators not to blame the administration for problems in the aid program, but to blame Washington. "Unfortunately, partisanship in Washington slowed the process down," he says.

Christie is under fire from Democrats, and some Sandy victims say relief has been bungled. They say the administration has given aid to political allies, and short-changed adversaries.

Constable says it is Sandy victims who are losing out, and that $1.4 billion in federal aid coming this year isn't enough to help as many as 4,000 eligible residents that will be likely be turned away.

State lawmakers are talking about legislation to put more controls on how Sandy aid is dispersed.

For an extended video of Richard Constable answering questions on Sandy aid, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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