Hurricane Sandy "Frankenstorm"
Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast two years ago this week, killing more than 150 people. It caused an estimated $65 billion worth of damage; more than 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Sandy's powerful winds plus its sheer size—it extended 500 miles from its center—caused record storm surges, flooding, and power outages that affected as many as 8.5 million people in 21 states. What was then a widely felt, fast-moving catastrophe has become a slow-moving effort to rebuild. Two years later, the region is still struggling to funnel funds to those who need it most. While there has been notable progress in restoring damaged beaches and boardwalks along the New Jersey shore and in New York's Rockaways, many homeowners and small businesses are still trying to get back on their feet.
Federal authorities in New Jersey have interviewed several witnesses who said the mayor of Hoboken told them in May about a state official’s threat to withhold hurricane recovery funds if the mayor did not support a development project favored by the governor, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.
Over the weekend, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki ran an interview with Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer (D) in which she alleged the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money unless she agreed to back a development project he favored.
Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Sunday defended her claims that the New Jersey governor's office tied Sandy relief aid to a real estate project in Hoboken backed by Gov. Chris Christie (R). "I stand by my word," she said on CNN's "State of the Union." "They were holding our Sandy funds hostage."
The mayor of Hoboken said Sunday she got a "direct message from the governor" that Chris Christie would hold up Sandy aid unless she approved a development project, as the head of the New Jersey Assembly's Bridgegate investigation said he'd widen the probe to include her allegations.
It was supposed to be Gov. Chris Christie’s comeback tour: A weekend trip to Florida, where he would show the world he could still drum up top-dollar checks for Republican candidates across the country even as his administration faces a swirl of scandals, subpoenas and allegations of abuse of power.
A swing through Florida proved no sunny retreat for Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday, as well-organized protesters hounded him outside a Republican fund-raiser here, a powerful ally in the New Jersey State House rebuked the governor’s office and new allegations emerged that his administration tried to intimidate a New Jersey elected official.
Gov. Chris Christie, already mired in a scandal over whether his aides caused a traffic jam in Fort Lee as political retribution, is being investigated by federal officials about his use of Hurricane Sandy relief money, a New Jersey congressman announced today.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is facing a federal investigation into whether the governor used Hurricane Sandy relief money to produce tourism ads starring himself and his family, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) told CNN Sunday. The New Jersey lawmaker said the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development conducted a preliminary investigation, and concluded that a full investigation is warranted.
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) found it "disgraceful" that some members of his party -- including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) -- were fundraising in New York on the Hurricane Sandy anniversary, having voted in January against recovery funding for the disaster.
Facing a storm of outrage, House Speaker John Boehner did an about face Wednesday and promised to quickly pass $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid - a day after abruptly canceling a vote on the package.
Perino was asked about conservatives who have been critical of Chris Christie‘s praise for President Barack Obama’s response to the storm. Perino said that Republicans who were concerned about Christie’s praise for Obama can take heart in the judgment of Mitt Romney for choosing Rep. Paul Ryan.
In an interview, Chris Christie thanked the president for his help and said that Romney hadn't called Christie since the hurricane hit
Obama's campaign sounded an early alarm about what could happen if Hurricane Sandy succeeds in shutting down polling stations or makes it more challenging for voters to cast their ballots. But political experts insist that the impact will be negligible.
The beauty of being a president and a candidate is that when a monster storm stalks up the East Coast you can run over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and be seen as a president on the job.
I’m not sure whether I render the greater disservice by contemplating the political effects of a natural disaster — or by ignoring the increasingly brisk winds whipping outside my apartment in Brooklyn.
Hurricane Sandy blew the U.S. presidential race off course on Sunday even before it came ashore, forcing Republican Mitt Romney to shift his campaign inland and fueling fears that the massive storm bearing down on the East Coast could disrupt an election that is already under way.