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Christie: Congress 'a little late' with Sandy aid

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013

One woman told Christie during the question-and-answer portion of the session that her home came through the storm undamaged, but her insurance company has placed it in a flood zone and is raising her rate from $375 to $1,700 a year.

A resident of Little Egg Harbor Township told the governor she was being ticketed for not repairing her bulkhead, but that she could not afford to make the mandatory repairs. She wondered if she'll also be fined if she cannot raise her home to accommodate new building codes.

And a Beach Haven West resident said she feels the existence of her modest community is being threatened by rising taxes, new and costly rebuilding rules and higher flood insurance premiums.

"Choices will need to be made here that are unpleasant choices," Christie said in response.

Christie said some of the federal aid would be available to homeowners who cannot afford repairs or improvements to their homes that are deemed necessary.

He said he is making decisions on flood maps and would announce new guidelines next week. But, he said, people who live in Shore communities may be required to comply with more stringent building standards.