Christie Vetoes Sandy Transparency Bill

Friday, Apr 26, 2013  |  Updated 2:26 PM EDT
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Christie Vetoes Sandy Transparency Bill

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Thank you notes are written on refrigerators damaged by Superstorm Sandy on November 25, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. New Jersey Gov. Christie estimated that Superstorm Sandy cost New Jersey $29.4 billion in damage and economic losses. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would require more oversight of Sandy recovery funding in New Jersey.

Christie on Thursday said in the written explanation of his veto that his administration is already taking steps to make sure money is not wasted and the additional requirements called for by lawmakers would be redundant and wasteful.

“I am also concerned that the bill tasks the State Treasurer to oversee Sandy recovery funds when I already directed the State Comptroller and the Office of Recovery and Rebuilding to report to me directly on the progress of the independent review process and the transparency website,” wrote Christie. “In my judgment, these teams are better suited to handle that responsibility.”

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Christie had already signed an executive order to deal with oversight of recovery money and signed a bill requiring monitors.

The governor says the Legislature's plan to task the state Treasury Department with additional reporting requirements was unneeded.

Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, who is running for governor, says it's “incomprehensible” that the governor would veto the bill.
 

 


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