Jon Bon Jovi announces $1M donation to NJ Sandy Relief Fund in hard-hit hometown of Sayreville

Jon Bon Jovi returned to his hometown today to announce a $1 million donation to New Jersey's Sandy Relief Fund. The rock star was joined

Jon Bon Jovi returned to his hometown today to announce a $1 million donation to New Jersey's Sandy Relief Fund.

Jon Bon Jovi returned to his hometown today to announce a $1 million donation to New Jersey's Sandy Relief Fund. (7/8/13)

SAYREVILLE - Jon Bon Jovi returned to his hometown today to announce a $1 million donation to New Jersey's Sandy Relief Fund.

The rock star was joined by Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, at the Sayreville Borough Hall for the announcement.

"My being here is not political, it's emotional," Bon Jovi told the crowd. "Because I grew up here, I went to school here, I met my wife here."

Some welcoming the rock star Monday were fans, but many were Sayreville residents hoping for some recovery news.

Many people can't get back into their homes and are looking for a buyout. Others tell News 12 New Jersey that they can't go back.

Yadira Saraceno and her husband were living in their home for just a few years. A buyout covers the mortgage, then leaves them homeless. They welcome additional funding for the Sandy Relief Fund.

"If we were to be granted one of these grants we would definitely raise our house to the FEMA standards which are 18-20 feet," says Saraceno.

According to first lady Mary Pat Christie, Bon Jovi's donation helps bring the Sandy Relief fund total to more than $38 million.

Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley are among the co-chairs of the fund that was organized by Mary Pat Christie soon after the storm struck New Jersey in October.
 

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