Dissatisfaction with Sandy recovery effort persists, survey finds

     In this Nov. 2, 2012 file photograph, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, third from left, walks past damaged homes along the Atlantic Ocean in Mantoloking, N.J. after Superstorm Sandy hit the area on Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool, File)

    In this Nov. 2, 2012 file photograph, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, third from left, walks past damaged homes along the Atlantic Ocean in Mantoloking, N.J. after Superstorm Sandy hit the area on Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool, File)

    A substantial majority of New Jersey residents hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy remain dissatisfied with the state’s recovery effort, according to a Monmouth University survey released today.

    61% of the residents say they are somewhat (27%) or very (34%) dissatisfied, while just 39% say they are very (6%) or somewhat (33%) satisfied, the survey conducted by Monmouth University Poll found.

    The survey has tracked the experiences of those most impacted by Sandy over the past three years.

    The “satisfied” group represents a minor improvement over 2014 (33%) and 2013 (35%), according to the survey. 

    “In many hard hit residents’ opinions, the state has simply not done enough to adequately address their most pressing needs. Three years removed from Sandy, the state still receives more negative than positive marks for the job they’ve done in the recovery effort,” said Tim Tracey, project director for Monmouth’s Sandy Recovery Survey, which has tracked the experiences of approximately 500 hard-hit New Jersey residents every year since the storm’s first anniversary.

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