Law to require transparency on Sandy aid in New Jersey

Housing activists are lauding a new law that requires more transparency in how aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy is distributed in New Jersey.

The measure was adopted unanimously in both chambers of the state Legislature in June and signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on Monday.

It requires the state to create a timeline laying out roughly when people who apply for assistance under the state-run programs will receive word on whether they are accepted.

People who apply would also receive personalized timelines.

It also sets a deadline for the state to distribute funds in its main housing rebuilding program by the end of September 2017.

There have been complaints that New Jersey has been slow to distribute aid to those hit hard by the storm.

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