New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Announces Relief Fund For Hurricane Sandy Victims
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to not only discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but also how we may be able to help relief efforts.
How Is New Jersey Recovering From Hurricane Sandy?
“We are making progress everyday. We’ve got less than a million households that are out of power. We’ve got more than 50% of schools back in school today. We’re getting there. Remember we started with 2.7 million households out of power. Now six days later we are under a million. We are getting there, but it was a devastating blow to our state.”
Are You Prepared For The Next Storm Coming?
“We are doing the best we can. We are still trying to dig out from what we had. All the same preparations are in place, and all of us are, unfortunately, well-trained in responding to these things. This is the third one that I’ve dealt with since I’ve been governor. This one coming could be a fourth.”
How Long Will Rebuilding Take?
“It’s going to take months if not years in some respects. We’ll get certain infrastructure things done in the next 6-8 months, roads natural gas lines, bridges repaired, but then your talking rebuilding homes. That could take longer.”
How Can We Help?
“There will be a gap between what FEMA can help them with and what they have in private insurance if they have it. We want to help fill that gap. My wife Mary Pat and I have decided that we should start a relief fund for the folks here in New Jersey to help fill those gaps. We started Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund a couple of days ago. We just put our website up yesterday. [See Here] We’ve received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations online.”
Anyone can donate to the fund by clicking on the website here. Another way to help residents is by texting “RED CROSS” to 90999. $10 will automatically be donated to the American Red Cross to help in relief efforts. Any donation will make a huge difference for residents along the East Coast.