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NJ Dems: Info lagging on Sandy recovery contracts

Local News | Apr 08, 2014

NJ Dems: Info lagging on Sandy recovery contracts

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The chairman of the Assembly budget committee says the Legislature has been in the dark for too long regarding contractors hired in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Assemblyman Gary Schaer says his faith in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to lead the state through the storm recovery process has ebbed.

A major recovery contractor was fired after some storm victims’ grant applications were lost or improperly rejected.

Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable told the panel that on Monday the terminated firm, Hammerman & Gainer Inc., was paid more than half of its $68 million contract.

Schaer also complained that the administration dragged its feet in hiring integrity monitors for the biggest post-Sandy contracts.

The administration says it is complying with the integrity monitor law that the Democrat-led Legislature passed.