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Christie Administration Delayed Oversight Of Sandy Relief Money, Report Says

Integrity monitors approved in May, but not put in place until January, according to report.

Gov. Chris Christie at Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk following Hurricane Sandy (Patch photo).
Gov. Chris Christie at Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk following Hurricane Sandy (Patch photo).

Gov. Chris Christie, already under fire for new revelations in the "Bridgegate" scandal, is taking additional heat regarding his handling of Hurricane Sandy relief money.

A report by MSNBC's Steve Kornacki says Christie took nearly a year to enforce a law requiring close oversight of federal Sandy recovery money.

In March, Christie signed the "Integrity Monitor Act" that has independent monitors oversee the distribution of $5 million-plus in aid for Sandy recovery projects.

The report, however, says integrity monitors weren't put in place until January 2014 even though they were approved by the state in May. A Christie spokesman told the show that the monitors have undergone training for 10 months.

The report comes a day after an attorney for a principal figure in the "Bridgegate" scandal that has plagued the Christie administration reversed course, indicating the governor knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee all along.

In a statement following the report's release, the Christie administration again denied the governor had any knowledge of the "Bridgegate" scandal, and the political motivation behind it, until he read about it in news reports.

"As the governor said in a December 13th press conference, he only first learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press, and as he said in his Jan. 9 press conference, had no indication that this was anything other than a traffic study until he read otherwise the morning of Jan. 8. The governor denies Mr. Wildstein's lawyer's other assertions,” according to the statement from the governor's office.

The attorney representing David Wildstein, the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who ordered the lane closures last year, said evidence exists tying Gov. Christie Christie to knowing about the closures that administration officials used as political retaliation against the Fort Lee mayor, according to The Star-Ledger.

Simon March 10, 2014 at 08:57 PM
@Carol: For me, that was a long time ago, but I stand by every word. If a town full of multi-millionaire property owners, as Hoboken IS, can't afford to fix its own basic infrastructure, as every other town is expected to do, then don't come to me as a struggling taxpayer to pay for that. Have a nice evening.
Spooner March 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM
@Carol Harrison- anyone that can make this statement:"I was referring to national Fox news which is NOT a local news network...where many people in the country do not consider a traffic jam and the personal gripes of a local mayor in NJ to be news of national significance". . .is in total denial. Period!
Simon March 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM
@Spoonfed: If your comment is directed at me, why are you directing it to someone else? As one who has lived in this state for five or six decades, my experience is that people in other parts of the country don't give a rat's testicle about New Jersey or its governor. So please stop polluting my email inbox. Thank you!
harryfinster March 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM
your wrong it is a comic soap opera,latest christi quote " i dont understand why everyone is so upset ,this is how we do things in new jersey
Spooner March 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM
...the latest up date on bridge gate is in today's local paper(New York Times) where Christie is described as being the orchestrator of the toll increases to advance his political career...

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