State Senate President Steve Sweeney calls for Sandy aid changes, asks for Gov. Christie to step in
PERTH AMBOY - State Senate President Steve Sweeney says it’s time to clean house when it comes to handing out Sandy recovery money.
Sweeney has announced his plans to support a Sandy victim's bill of rights. He wants to make the aid application process easier to understand, and give homeowners a fair chance to appeal if they get rejected.
Sweeney says Gov. Chris Christie deserves credit for putting the pressure on Congress to get the aid money, but should also take responsibility for the mistakes.
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"As the governor, you're responsible for what happens here," Sweeney says. "He's responsible for this program, and it is a failure."
Housing advocates have said the state's current Sandy aid program for homeowners has unfairly rejected thousands of people and is too slow in getting money to victims.