UNION BEACH - Gov. Chris Christie and members of his cabinet were in Union Beach today to help residents deal with insurance concerns they’re dealing with in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Christie was accompanied by his banking and insurance commissioner, the director of the Office of Recovery and Rebuilding and other state officials.
At a news conference earlier today, the governor called the National Flood Insurance Program "a disgrace" because it is moving too slowly to process payments to New Jersey homeowners with damages from Sandy.
He praised private insurers, saying 85 percent of Sandy-related homeowner claims have been settled. But he says that only 30 percent of federal flood insurance claims have been resolved more than three months after Sandy.
He asked New Jersey's congressional delegation to pressure the Federal Emergency Management Agency to do better.
State and Federal Emergency Management Agency employees were also on hand in the community all day to help residents with their individual problems.