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NJ Assembly seeks Superstorm Sandy aid monitors



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrats in the New Jersey Assembly are looking to impose some accounting controls on Superstorm Sandy aid before any money is spent.

New Jersey received word of a $1.8 billion allocation this week. It plans to use its first installment of aid to provide rebuilding grants to homeowners and businesses and for an aggressive Jersey Shore marketing campaign.

The federal Housing and Urban Development department must approve the state’s plan for the funds.

The Assembly Budget Committee will consider two proposals Thursday to impose additional oversight on the recovery funds. One authorizes the appointment of integrity monitors.

Gov. Chris Christie says he’s working with Comptroller Matt Boxer to devise a monitoring system. The governor says it’s to the administration’s advantage to allow everyone to see where the money is going.