Bill of Rights Veto Will Add Delay, Disappointment to Recovery, says Network
Housing advocates urge legislators to override veto


Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the Sandy “Bill of Rights” today. Sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), the bill that restores confidence, openness and fairness to New Jersey's recovery. On the veto, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey President and CEO Staci Berger issued the following statement:
“It is extremely disappointing that Gov. Christie did not to sign the Sandy ‘Bill of Rights.’ This bill was passed with strong, bi-partisan support and directly responds to concerns voiced by survivors who have been unable to get the help they need. This veto adds to the delay of an already drawn-out and uncertain process.
“New Jerseyans, and all Americans who are helping to pay for our recovery, deserve more transparency and accountability. The Sandy Bill of Rights would address the problems facing our recovery and our residents. Sandy survivors deserve an open, fair process so they know how to get help and can determine where they stand in the long line for resources in order to plan for their future. We urge members of the Legislature to override this veto because Sandy survivors deserve better.”

The Housing and Community Development Network supports New Jersey’s community development sector, collaborating with more than 250 members including community development corporations and other organizations to create affordable homes, expand economic opportunities, and build strong communities. For more information on the Network, visit

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