It’s been one year since Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. eastern coast, leaving lower Manhattan a dark, flooded wasteland, in addition to uprooting countless residents, inflicting billions of dollars in damage, and killing around 117 people in the U.S.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made the rounds on the morning shows to discuss the lingering effects of Sandy and the status of recovery efforts in his state, in which tens of thousands of residents are still displaced. Though Christie appeared encouraged by the progress New Jersey has made in assisting almost 30,000 affected residents, the morning news anchors were more skeptical of the recovery effort, grilling Christie on whether more can be done.
On CBS This Morning, Christie told Charlie Rose, “I think we’ve made tremendous progress in the last year,” noting the thousands of people back in their homes and boardwalks rebuilt, “but I also know that we still have a lot more work to do. … My mission is to get all those people back in their homes.” Rose pressed him on the issue of the nearly 26,000 residents who are still homeless. Christie blamed the slow-moving federal government, saying that it took 92 days to dispense aid.
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