Monday, April 22, 2013

Not Voting for Governor Christie Reason # 2 Mismanagement of Sandy Relief

Governor Christie's defense of his wife's mismanagement of the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund is confusing and hostile. She's done NOTHING with the funds for five months but in our Governor's eyes, that's just fine. 

When questioned about the lack of action of his wife’s mismanagement of donations meant to help homeowners devastated by Sandy, Christie responds with excuses and anger. When John Boehner was late to approve the funds for Sandy recovery Christie was quick to put the blame on the speaker’s shoulders, yet his wife gets special dispensation for not releasing funds donated to Sandy relief. Congress’ lack of action was “disgraceful”, but his wife’s lack of action is “methodical.” 

Only after an Asbury Park Press investigation was there any action in releasing funds. A full five months after the storm hit. Storm ravaged homeowners still get nothing while the money goes to non-profit groups to support Sandy relief.  For a woman who spent her career in the financial sector, you’d think Mrs. Christie would be more adept at managing money. 

Now Mrs. Christie gives a $600,000 grant to an out-of-state organization, Operation Hope Inc. a California based firm, to open financial counseling centers in New Jersey for Sandy victims. Really? They're not giving the funds to the people who lost everything they own, families who are STILL living in hotels and have no end in sight for this nightmare. Yet when questioned, Christie defends this gross mismanagement. Is our Gov playing favorites here? He bashed Boehner but defends another who withholds Sandy relief, namely, his own wife. 

And if Mrs. Christie really thought this was a good idea was there no New Jersey based company that could do this job? Did she have to send the Sandy Relief funds out to California. Why put the money into the California economy instead of New Jersey's? 

Wouldn't this money be better used to rebuild and raise the homes destroyed by Sandy?  How about supplying appliances, furnaces, water heaters and roofs for those who lost everything? How many appliances would $600,000 buy? New Jerseyans don’t need counseling, they need their homes back. 

These kind of dog and pony shows are just another example of how out of touch the Christies are with real life in New Jersey. Another reason I won't vote this guy back into office. We need help, not mismanagement, high unemployment, and we certainly don't need funds raised to help New Jersey homeowners sent to California. 

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