Rep. Pascrell: NJ didn’t get its fair share of a $1 billion disaster relief grant

Residents in Moonachie walk through flood waters after

Residents in Moonachie walk through flood waters after Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey received a $15 million grant to help alleviate flooding, but Rep. Bill Pascrell says New Jersey should have gotten a lot more. (Credit: File Photo)

EDISON - Rep. Bill Pascrell (D – 9th District) wants to know why New Jersey seemingly did not receive its fair share of a $1 billion disaster relief grant.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the winners of the National Disaster Resilience Competition Thursday. The grants were awarded to 13 recipients, including New Jersey, in an effort to decrease flooding risks.

The Garden State received only $15 million for the grant. In contrast, New York was awarded over $211 million, $176 million of which is allocated for New York City.

Rep. Pascrell says that New Jersey was cheated out of more than $300 million, and he wants to know why.

"The State owes an explanation as to why we got short changed here,” Rep. Pascrell said in a statement. "After I fought to have New Jersey included in this round of funding, my constituents deserve answers.”

The statement continued, “Secretary [Julian] Castro said there were several feedback mechanisms to help improve New Jersey's application, yet somehow the final application looked darn close to the original. I really hope that New Jersey did not drop the ball."

New Jersey’s application included project proposals to help alleviate the flooding issues in many Northern New Jersey areas that were badly affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The National Disaster Resilience Competition was created to help build resilience and better prepare communities for the impacts of climate change and flooding.

Other states that won grants include Connecticut, Louisiana and California.

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