TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he understands victims' frustrations a year after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coast. But he maintains his administration isn't to blame for delays in aid reaching victims.
Christie notes in an interview with The Associated Press that it took Congress three months to approve a $51 billion relief package for Sandy victims.
He says victims waiting for aid are mired in red tape put in place to prevent the type of fraud that occurred after Hurricane Katrina.
While he agrees some increased oversight was necessary, Christie says a different approach could have saved time.
The biggest homeowner grant program has not made any payouts despite its $600 million allocation, though 100 applications have been approved.
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.