NewsWorks .org DOWN THE SHORE BY JUSTIN AUCIELLO

At a press conference at the Statehouse in Trenton yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie delivered a statement on jobs and the economy and then proceeded to accept questions from reporters.

In response to a question about the status of the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) program, Gov. Chris Christie said that the state has done an “extraordinary job” with the Sandy recovery, adding that people thank him when he visits the Jersey Shore.

Governor Chris Christie holds a press briefing on Hurricane Joaquin in Trenton, NJ, on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (Governor's Office/ Mykwain Gainey).
Governor Chris Christie holds a press briefing on Hurricane Joaquin in Trenton, NJ, on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (Governor’s Office/ Mykwain Gainey).

The state administered RREM program provides eligible homeowners with grant awards up to $150,000 along with a housing advisor and project manager to help usher recipients through the rebuilding or elevation process.

“So, you know, we’ve done an extraordinary job here. And I will tell you that, whenever I go to the Jersey Shore, all I get from folks are ‘thank yous’ about how well the state has responded, how great the situation is three years after Sandy,” he said. “Um, and, as I’ve said a number of times, I won’t be content until everyone’s back in their homes.”

Christie said that everyone who applied to the RREM program has received their grant but blamed the slow pace of rebuilding on a dearth of “competent and qualified” contractors.

“So it’s no longer a government issue in the sense that…

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