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Christie Talks Sandy Aid At Latest Town Hall

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Belmar, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Before Governor Christie held his 116th town hall meeting in Belmar, NJ the New Jersey Main Street Alliance was outside protesting. They represent small businesses across the region and gathered together because of the issues with the Stronger NJ grant process.

A fellow protester and small business owner, Marilyn Scholssbach, said that she applied for Sandy aid and somehow managed to receive the help she needed for one of her businesses, but aid for her other business was delayed significantly. In fact, Scholssbach is just now permitted to go through the process of paper work in order to get the aid that she needs to help her other businesses affected by Sandy. While Scholssbach is lucky to have received about a half million dollars in aid that she requested, she had a good reason to be standing with other small business owners at the protest.

“Well I’m lucky on 50% of my life and not on the other. So I feel the pain for those who are waiting. But on the big picture I don’t understand why this process is so dissected and why there isn't a collective way to get businesses running,” Scholssbach stated.

Inside the town hall meeting was a different story. And Governor Christie praised the sandy aid efforts.

“Money has been delivered to victims in Sandy at a faster rate than any actual disaster in American history,” Christie indicated.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority did say that they have changed the process for approvals. So they are seeing an uptake in the number of small businesses who are finally getting their money.

While there were many frustrated people at town hall, residents still greeted Christie with a standing ovation and as he left granted him another. Do to his great mood he even allowed three to four follow-up questions when he typically would only take one. He handled the frustration and tough questions well and the people responded with positivity.


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