Holding his first town hall event since the Bridge-Gate scandal erupted, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn't receive a single question about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.
Instead, people in Monmouth County wanted answers about delays in Hurricane Sandy relief money. The county was one of the hardest hit by the 2012 storm. Sixteen months later, some people still haven't returned home.
Speaking at the VFW in Middletown, Governor Christie blamed red tape with the federal government. He said a lot of money was wasted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and federal lawmakers wanted to make sure that didn't happen again.
"We have auditors and monitors and the comptroller and everybody in the world looking over our shoulder," Christie said. "Now we've got members of the legislature who want to put even more people on top of that. We'll wind up spending as much money on the auditing as we spend on getting help to victims."
Christie said the state is stuck dealing with a federal system that is broke.
"The point is that I don't want to wait either. But the fact is that I can't wave a magic wand and make this happen," he said.
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