Local News Delves Into the Christie Crises

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Not content to leave it to the big outlets, one of New Jersey’s local sites has been digging into questions regarding the allocation of Sandy funds.

Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today, writes, “Contrary to claims made by the Christie administration, a developer granted $4.8 million in Sandy recovery funds to accelerate the construction of luxury apartments in New Brunswick, has never before created affordable housing in the State of New Jersey.”

Kratovil posted the story on February 6, in which multiple sources relate that the developer in question requested and received affordable housing funds, but later decided against offering affordable units. The story followed on another from Friday, Jan. 31, identifying the fact that the luxury development was the recipient of $4.8 million in Sandy aid.

(Do you have questions about the allocation of Sandy aid in your town? NJ News Commons is helping the Citizens Campaign spread the word about upcoming public hearings on the second round of Sandy funding announced just this week.)

Also plugging away and offering investigative reporting on the local level is Joe Malinconico of the Paterson Press. Malinconico reported this past week that the city’s failure to hire a new personnel director has negatively impacted the amount of transition aid the city has received from the state.

In other local news: The Paterson Press and the Paterson Times are both taking a close look at the upcoming Paterson mayoral election. Diane Lilli at the Jersey Tomato Press is trying to get to the bottom of the road salt shortage. And Morristown GreenWestfield TAP andMyVeronaNJ.com have local sports stories to rival any Super Bowl coverage (and West Orange TAP has some actual Super Bowl coverage).

Our full roundup:

Brennan Sweet: Associate Concertmaster of NJ symphony Orchestra Cranford Radio 

Paterson’s black leaders vetting the city’s mayoral field Paterson Press
N.J. says Paterson’s failure to hire personnel director impacted aid award Paterson Press
Westfield Basketball’s Lillian Scott reaches 1,000 Points as Blue Devils Defeat Rahway, 60-20 TAP Westfield
Westfield Prepares for 8th Snow Storm; School Openings Delayed TAP Westfield
Black community leaders vainly attempt to screen candidates Paterson Times
Hoarding our road salt at MetLife Stadium, public safety on icy roads a public health hazard: Salt on our wounds, Jersey style Jersey Tomato Press
Remembering VHS Football’s Biggest Loss MyVeronaNJ.com 
BREAKING: Powerful Developer That Received Sandy Aid Has No Experience Building Affordable Housing New Brunswick Today
$4.8 M in Sandy Relief Money Went to Fund Luxury Apartment Tower in New Brunswick New Brunswick Today
Morristown Winter Scenes: Cold as A… Morristown Green
Video: Morristown’s Pre-Game 4-Miler has more thrills and chills than Super Bowl Morristown Green
Spreading the Word About Sandy Aid NJ News Commons*
West Orange High School TAP Team Reporter Attends Super Bowl XLVIII West Orange TAP

*Asterisks are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.

Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.

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One response to “Local News Delves Into the Christie Crises”

  1. What an honor to be highlighted alongside the amazing Joe Malinconico and so many other great journalists!  Thanks NJ News Commons!