N.J. delays hearing on monitoring Sandy funds

A New Jersey legislative committee has delayed a hearing on the state’s program to monitor how Sandy recovery money is spent.

 

Gov. Chris Christie signed a law in March requiring integrity monitors to watch over Sandy projects of $5 million or more to prevent waste and abuse.

Assemblywoman Linda Stender, chairwoman of the Assembly State and Local Government Committee, said she agreed to put off the hearing so Treasury Department representatives who were unable to show up Monday will be able to testify.

“We don’t know how the first $1.8 billion was spent in the state of New Jersey, and before we receive another tranche of money, we deserve to know where it went and how it was used,” she said.

It’s disturbing that the monitors were not put in place until November, said Stender, D-Union.

Treasury Department officials are willing to have someone testify and are trying to work out a time so the hearing can be rescheduled within the next 10 days.

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