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    New Jersey will provide $7.5 million in Irene grants

    New Jersey municipalities receiving federal disaster aid for Hurricane Irene cleanup can also apply for a portion of the $7.5 million the state had allocated for relief.

    Gov. Chris Christie made the announcement today, as the Associated Press reports, at the Conference of Mayors at the Drumthwacket governor’s mansion in Princeton. Christie says the grants are made to help towns avoid footing their repair bills with tax increases. Natural disasters are exception to the 2 percent property tax increase cap that took effect in January.

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