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State Legislators Decry Failure of Federal Aid Package

Legislators from Monmouth County respond to the House of Representative's failure to pass Sandy bill

Senate and Assembly Republican legislators representing Monmouth County municipalities devastated by Superstorm Sandy issued the statement below in response to the House of Representative’ failure to take action on a $60.4B Sandy aid package.

They include Senators Joseph Kyrillos, Jennifer Beck, Sam Thompson and Robert Singer; Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande and Amy Handlin, and Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon, David Rible, Sean Kean, Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton. Here is the statement as released in its entirety:

“We are appalled at the House of Representatives’ decision to not take action on the Sandy aid package that is so vital to our recovery efforts. Residents and businesses at the Jersey Shore are in dire need of assistance as they try to recover from this historic and unprecedented storm which has adversely affected so many lives.

“Kicking this can down the road is absolutely unacceptable and shows utter contempt and a disturbing lack of compassion for the thousands of our residents and businesses who, in many cases, have lost everything and continue to endure unspeakable hardship. 

“The House’s failure to act at all is as unconscionable as was their earlier efforts to significantly reduce the amount of federal emergency aid. Their lack of action is shameful and inexcusable.”

Gov. Chris Christie held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to express his outrage at the “continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives” to act on the desperately needed aid package.

Guy Montag January 04, 2013 at 03:22 AM
The people that still live on the coast after katrina and the other storms should have enough resources and insurance to take care of themselves. It is not the fed govs problem. Stop looking for freebies you sound like a bunch of welfare queens.
JM Hurricane January 04, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Mother Earth has spoken. It's your own fault that Global Warming has hit you so hard. New Jersey has the worst chemical plants in the nation. Just drive up the turnpike. Sandy is just the beginning, just ask our President, Global warming is the issue of our time. Listen to him he knows best.
JM Hurricane January 04, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Unfortunately, whether you like it or not, you deserved it. Karma is a bad thing but polluting like New Jersey does is even worse. Mother Earth is sending you a message .
farley Boyle January 04, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I wasn't aware that when I was born in New Jersey I was making a decision to support our state pollution problem.....what an ignorant comment JM HURRICANE....lets hope karma gets you back for being a moron!
JM Hurricane January 04, 2013 at 01:07 PM
The problem with you and your kind is you dont respect Mother Earth! That's why Sandy hit NY and NJ it's because you people don't respect Mother Earth.

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