N.J. comptroller audits NJ Shares program

    An audit has found some troubles with a state program that helps New Jerseyans pay utility bills.

    The state comptroller on Tuesday released its examination of the NJ Shares program.The nonprofit program provides emergency utility bill assistance to households experiencing temporary financial difficulties.

    Auditors found weak oversight of grant eligibility and verification.

    They also found the program’s web-based intake system lacks security.

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    Auditors found questionable charges for promotional or community outreach events that included catered events at Devils games, trips to Atlantic City, and eight restaurant charges each exceeding $1,000.

    NJ Shares officials say they do not agree with many of the findings and can justify all expenditures.

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