Jersey Shore residents brought their suggestions and frustrations to Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday at the latest of his town hall meetings. But the governor encountered a friendlier crowd in Belmar than at other recent events.
Most of the questions came from people fighting with their insurance companies, dealing with flooding problems and still waiting for state grant money to arrive. Christie acknowledged the issues, but he asked residents to be patient.
“Let me be, once again, the guy to admit that this has not gone perfectly," he said. "Far from it. This is the first time we’ve ever done this.”
The state has submitted to the federal government its plan for spending a second $1.5 billion dollars of Sandy aid. The governor said he hopes the plan will be approved and that money can start flowing by the end of April.
Christie also repeated his prediction voiced in recent weeks that he now expects the state to receive a total of just $10 billion to $15 billion in federal Sandy aid, a drop from the $20 billion to $25 billion he mentioned last May.