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Gov. Christie on Letterman; Two Celebs Join Sandy Relief Board

'We will see you on the boardwalk,' says Brian Williams, news anchor and Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund new board member.

As a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, Gov. Chris Christie's witty banter and doughnut-eating may have made headlines, but he was quick to remind everyone that Hurricane Sandy relief is still needed.

Christie and Letterman talked about the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund started by first lady Mary Pat Christie. She announced today that two major celebrities have joined the honorary advisory board.

Bono, front man of U2, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will join Bruce Springsteen, former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, Jon Bon Jovi and others on the board.

Bono called it “an honor” to support the relief efforts.

“Sandy took away just about every piece of my Jersey Shore childhood,” said Williams, who is from Monmouth County and has a home in Ocean County. “'Jersey Strong’ isn’t just a phrase; it’s a way of life. It’s a redundancy actually. The rest of the country will see how strong we are, starting now.”

The nonprofit relief fund was started Nov. 1, four days after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and surrounding areas. To date, more than $32 million has been raised for the fund.

“We are thrilled that Bono and Brian have lent their names to assist New Jersey families in rebuilding their lives and overcoming the most destructive storm in our state’s history,” Mary Pat Christie said.

Last month, more than $50 billion in federal aid was approved for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. On Letterman Monday night, Christie said although the delay in voting on the package didn’t make him very happy, the money should come this month to help with rebuilding.

More than 40,000 families are still homeless, Christie noted.

“We will rebuild,” Williams said in a statement. “We will see you on the boardwalk in time for the first waves of summer.”

Visit sandynjrelieffund.org to make a contribution. 

TerriLynn February 07, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Pat, here is what the Sandy NJ Relief Funds website says..... "The grants, varying in size, will support non-profit organizations and volunteer groups delivering critical services at the county and local levels, some of which are already assisting those personally affected by Hurricane Sandy." I agree with you. I haven't seen anything from any of these organizations. I applied to a couple of them and I got nothing......
TerriLynn February 07, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Hey commonman, easier said than done!!!! Can't move outta our homes in the condition they are right now from the storm. Can't sell. Who will buy the home the way it looks? Alota homes gotta be raised, can't get any assistance until the home is raised all ready and your insurance claim is settled. So you say move out of the flood zone. Can't until we repair the damages. It's a vicisious cycle that we all are living. You shouldn't make any kinda comments like that until you know that facts.
Barb Rivera February 07, 2013 at 10:44 PM
TerriLynn.. I have lived through it with Irene. If you have flood insurance don't count on any help from other sources. It's not right, but this is how it goes.
commonman February 07, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Teri. Walk away leave it with the banks let them deal with itb
Barb Rivera February 08, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Commonman... It's not your blood, sweat and tears that went into this persons home! You really need to think before you comment.

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