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    Governor Christie and HUD Secretary Six Month Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Press Conference


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     crumpf77 is nominated for an iReport Award in Compelling Imagery for his photos of Hurricane Sandy aftermath on the New Jersey shore. He got to know the owner of Bahrs Landing Restaurant, and the owner invited him to cover Monday's press conference.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    April 29, 2013, Highlands, N.J. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan spoke at a press conference at Bahrs Landing Restaurant marking the sixth month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

    Secretary Donovan announced the federal government has released $1.8 billion to help the New Jersey victims.

    Secretary Donovan said, “I am committed, this president is committed, to come back as often as we need to come back, rain or shine, until this town, this shore, this state and this entire region are rebuilt better, stronger than they were before the storm.”

    Christie announced, “For the overwhelming majority of New Jerseyans, their life is back to normal. Sandy is a memory that will be evoked for them today on the six-month anniversary, but something that for most of them they’ve left behind. For those who have not been able to leave it behind, many people in this room, I could still see as I shook hands with people walking in here the emotion on their faces.”

    “One of the things we’re saying to folks here is that instead of just handing people checks, we’re gonna have lists of approved contractors. Those contractors will bid to take care of your house.” Gov. Christie said, “When you accept the bid from that contractor, we then will pay that contractor, so that we know the work’s getting done here in New Jersey, that homes are being rebuilt here in New Jersey and we’re not just handing checks to people to move someplace else,” said Governor Christie.

    Photo caption: Governor Christie with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at press conference in Highlands, New Jersey.

    Photos by Susan Rumpf and Clifford Rumpf / ImagineThisDesign.com
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