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Yes!  Glad to know they're doing this:

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 01:  Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie speaks to members of the Hudson County Building Trades Council after recieving their support for his relection campaign for governor on July 1, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Hudson County Building Trades Council is made up of over 20 local unions, and includes more than 20,000 members, combined.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
New Jersey Democrats are criticizing the handling of housing funding for victims of superstorm Sandy and intend to make it an issue in the November governor’s race.

In response to two stories in The Wall Street Journal Monday, officials with the New Jersey Democratic Committee said that housing aid to Sandy victims should be delivered in a more efficient and sensitive manner.

The stories documented some criticisms among homeowners of a Louisiana contractor administering the housing programs for Sandy victims. The contractor, Hammerman & Gainer Inc., was also criticized during its handling of a large rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina. Also, a powerful New Jersey Republican and his law firm helped HGI with its bid in the Garden State.

Gov. Chris Christie is “known for the persona he projected during hurricane Sandy. Implicit in that was the promise that New Jersey families would be well taken care of,” said Matt Farrauto, communications director for the state committee, which coordinates the Democrats’ campaigns. “We’re seeing signs that he hasn’t followed through.”

The state Department of Community Affairs defended HGI’s work, as did Louisiana officials for the firm’s efforts to help the state rebuild after Katrina. HGI declined to comment on open contracts. - Wall Street Journal, 9/23/13

This is good news because Christie's opponent, State Senator Barbara Buono (D. NJ), has been making this an issue:

http://njtoday.net/...

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono says her Republican opponent is taking advantage of Superstorm Sandy for political benefit while residents remain troubled by damage caused by the massive hurricane.

While Gov. Chris Christie starred in the “Stronger Than The Storm” campaign and appeared at numerous photo-ops at the Jersey shore this summer, some homeowners are still waiting for help and running out of patience.

Standing outside the storm-damaged Keansburg home of Elena Pagonis and Joe McLaughlin on Friday, Buono said “There’s a whole other Jersey that needs to be rebuilt.”

The couple turned to Buono after not getting a response from the state Department of Community Affairs on the status of their grant application, they said.

“They want to know at least when they’ll hear back from somebody, anybody, with a definitive answer on where they stand with respect to recovery funds,” Buono said. “If the governor had enough time to travel out to Texas to see the (Dallas) Cowboys, I see no reasonable explanation why he can’t come here and speak to these people and give them an answer.” - NJ Today, 9/23/13

Not to mention the press has been taking notice of how Christie's been handling the relief funding:

http://blog.nj.com/...

As if they haven’t suffered enough, some Hurricane Sandy victims are now being turned down for federal rebuilding funds and aren’t told why. The form letter from the state lists a few potential reasons, then adds cryptically, "among other possible disqualifying factors."

Which could mean anything.

Imagine their frustration. Desperate people who are rejected can fill out another form to appeal, but that doesn’t help much when they don’t know why they were turned down in the first place. And those who do appeal can’t get an answer on that, either.

They deserve real explanations. Yet Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable, who’s in charge of distributing these grants, has revealed little so far about the state’s criteria. So advocates at the Fair Share Housing Center are suing his agency, demanding details. Because from what data it has released, it appears that low-income people aren’t getting their fair share of this money.

These grants to residents, totaling $850 million, are a major part of New Jersey’s rebuilding effort, adding up to nearly half the $1.8 billion first installment of federal money that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration controls. And because our governor has behaved callously toward low-income people in the past, we begin with suspicions here. - Star-Ledger, 9/15/13

I can understand why Democrats have been hesitant about not going after Christie on this issue.  Christie could easily accuse Buono and Democrats of trying to politicize a tragedy for their own gain but Hurricane Sandy and Christie's call to action made him look like a hero and explains why he's ahead of Buono in the polls.  But if Democrats want to pull off a miracle win, this is the way to go.  If you would like to get involved with Buono's campaign or donate, you can click here to do so:
http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You make a good point... (5+ / 0-)
    Christie could easily accuse Buono and Democrats of trying to politicize a tragedy for their own gain...
    In other words, he could accuse them of copying from his playbook.  
  •  I Hope That Democrats In NJ (3+ / 0-)

    understand that things will become even more crappy if Christy wins re-election because he will become Rick Perry in NJ.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 06:42:27 PM PDT

    •  actually we are rid of him one way or the other (0+ / 0-)

      He can't run for another term pass this one.  And once he runs for president, he will be radioactive.  but I just assume get rid of him now.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

      by noofsh on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:03:15 AM PDT

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  •  This is a Hail Mary pass... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but there's always an outside chance that a Hail Mary pass might work.

    My parents made me a Democrat. Scott Walker made me a progressive.

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:04:34 PM PDT

  •  still waiting for that presidential endorsement nt (3+ / 0-)
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    Bill W, dufffbeer, wintergreen8694

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:05:03 PM PDT

    •  I guess (3+ / 0-)
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      War on Error, wintergreen8694, corvo

      The endorsement of DeBlasio for Mayor.  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he's supporting DeBlasio but Buono's a Governor race and she needs his support too, since this race has national implications.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

      by Rosalie907 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 08:31:20 PM PDT

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      •  What a profile in courage! (0+ / 0-)

        Endorsing DeBlasio once he's a shoo-in.

        First wait for the consensus, then lead!  Change we can all believe in!

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:17:29 AM PDT

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        •  Also Corey Booker (0+ / 0-)

          Has been endorsed but Buono is not.

          Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

          by Rosalie907 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 01:19:04 PM PDT

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  •  Christie is all hype (3+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694, nogo postal, wdrath

    What has the man done for NJ?

    We have one of the worst job creation records in the country!

    We have the second highest foreclosure rate in the country (just behind Florida).  This is most likely a consequence of the lack of jobs.

    We have governor christie who says that his job is NOT to create jobs.  But he had no problems giving the wealthy huge tax cuts ... you know for that trickle stuff.

    IMHO, christie is a complete failure.  He spends most of his time on the road campaigning for his presidential run in 2016.

    All hype, no action.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:02:06 AM PDT

  •  It's my understanding that (0+ / 0-)

    one of the reasons Christie has such widespread support is because of two Democratic party bosses supporting him.
    But that can only get Christie so far.

    Hopefully, Buono can cirumvent these party hacks by going directly to the voters and convincing them that Christie is not what he appears to be (not a straight-talking nonpartisan, not someone whose actions support average, everyday citizens, let alone the poor, not a moderate at all, etc.)

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