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Superstorm Sandy left behind a path of destruction one year ago that left many parts of the Garden State in need of serious repairs. Originally there was $5.4 billion allocated by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of which only 200 houses so far have been approved to rebuild.

Meanwhile, down in Union Beach, New Jersey 80% of the houses there were wrecked and in desperate need of new construction. Houses in this area are required to be raised during rebuilding so that they are no longer close to sea level and to prevent them from being destroyed should another storm hit.

In Union Beach alone, about 2000 homes were completely destroyed and one year later the town is full of empty lots and abandoned buildings. Only 250 homes have been completely taken down and people remain displaced and forced to rent apartments or stay at temporary housing established at the nearby Fort Monmouth. Some are staying in trailers or even sleeping in their cars as if this storm hit just last week.

Residents there say that they have applied for assistant but it just isn’t enough. They want to know if it’s possible to get more funding.

Ironically, according to New Jersey Statute, you have one-year from the day of the wreck to file a lawsuit against your insurance company if you do not get what you think you deserve and there are thousands of New Jerseyans who plan to do that.

On the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy Governor Christie was in Sayreville where he thanked first responders for their efforts. He then went over to Union Beach where he described the town as “a center of hope”. He described the situation that the Garden State is currently in as three separate phases: relief, recovery and rebuilding. Clearly there is much more that needs to be done to help the people in this area and throughout New Jersey.

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