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Speaker Oliver: Lack of Full Sandy Relief Transparency from Christie Administration Disturbing

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement Wednesday on the Fair Share Housing Center’s open public record requests to the Christie administration seeking Sandy contracting information it says is not listed on the state’s web site:

“I am very disturbed by the concerns raised by the Fair Share Housing Center, especially considering Gov. Christie vetoed a bill I sponsored (A-61) to impose strict oversight of Sandy relief spending.
“Gov. Christie vetoed my bill because he claimed he could do it just as well on his own, but apparently that’s not case. It appears as though Gov. Christie has fallen short on his promise of full transparency when it comes to Sandy spending, making his veto even more unfortunate for taxpayers.
“I wanted comprehensive and stringent safeguards with the force of state law to ensure all federal reconstruction money received by the state was utilized responsibly, transparently and efficiently.
“The governor’s executive order failed to meet that standard and continues to be the wrong approach. He needs to support putting these safeguards into law and ensuring full transparency.”