Infrastructure & Environment

Christie Criticized for Plan to Give Sandy Money to Seaside Fire Recovery

Gov. Christie's plan to redirect $15 million in federal Sandy aid to another tragedy - the fire last week on the Seaside boardwalk - is vague on eligibility requirements, and is drawing criticism from both the left and the right.
September 18, 2013

Gov. Christie's plan to redirect $15 million in federal Sandy aid to another tragedy - the fire last week on the Seaside boardwalk - is vague on eligibility requirements, and is drawing criticism from both the left and the right.

Officials on Tuesday attributed the blaze to old and faulty electric wiring - under a building that housed a custard stand and a candy shop - that was exposed to sand and saltwater during the storm surge. But Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said officials "will never know" if Sandy actually caused the fire.

So why is Sandy relief money being earmarked to rebuild burned structures - including, according to Christie, businesses unaffected by the storm?

Christie, with backing from the Obama administration, says the money is needed to help a community and tourism area that has faced two major disasters in less than a year.

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