Having finally received storm relief money from those misers in the House of Representatives, Governor Christie has put forth a plan to spend it. Almost all of the $1.82 billion will go towards helping homeowners rebuild, buy new homes, or protect against future flooding. Half must go towards low and moderate income individuals, as dictated by Washington.
Also included in package: $110 million to provide services and pay for police officers, teachers, and other public employees in Sandy-struck municipalities; $300 million for damaged small businesses; $25 million for tourism marketing, to try to convince folks the Shore is still “open for business.” $3 billion more out of the $50 billion in aid is expected to wash up on New Jersey’s shores soon. [Inquirer]