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Christie blames aid delay on DC

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie says he understands victims' frustrations a year after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coast. But he maintains his administration isn't to blame for delays in aid reaching victims.

Christie notes in an interview with The Associated Press that it took Congress three months to approve a $51 billion relief package for Sandy victims.

He says victims waiting for aid are mired in red tape put in place to prevent the type of fraud that occurred after Hurricane Katrina.

While he agrees some increased oversight was necessary, Christie says a different approach could have saved time.

The biggest homeowner grant program has not made any payouts despite its $600 million allocation, though 100 applications have been approved.

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