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Sandy victims blast NJ on lagging Sandy aid pace

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Frustration with the slow pace of recovery from Superstorm Sandy has boiled over at a public hearing on the rebuilding process.

Residents blasted state officials Tuesday over what they consider unconscionably long delays, unresponsive bureaucracy and incompetence in approving and distributing storm aid.

The hearing in Galloway Township was the first of three scheduled for this week on the state’s plans to spend the next $1.4 billion in federal storm recovery aid.

Several residents say they started rebuilding their homes, only to be told to stop by the state to comply with aid programs.

Chuck Appleby of Seaside Park, whose home was flooded, says he’s “amazed at the incompetence” of state officials.