Following Gov. Chris Christie’s press conference spat with an ABC News reporter, the chairmen of two Assembly committees called for a joint hearing to examine the Christie administration’s failure to help more families facing foreclosure.
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green (D-22) and Assembly Deputy Speaker Gary Schaer (D-36) made the announcement after Gov. Christie Monday refused to answer questions from a WABC-TV reporter.
Jim Hoffer’s report yesterday outlines what he says is the failure of the state’s Homekeeper Loan program to adequately distribute $300 million in federal funds to help homeowners from foreclosing on their residential properties.
Green chairs the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee. Schaer chairs the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and both lawmakers said they have sponsored bills to help combat the foreclosure crisis in New Jersey.
“Gov. Christie may not want to be held accountable for failing to help New Jersey families facing foreclosure, but he cannot hide from his failure to help New Jersey families at risk of losing their homes,” said Green. “The administration’s approach is clearly not working. While Gov. Christie may want to avoid the subject, New Jersey’s middle-class and poor deserve answers and help.”
“We need to get answers and get this program moving for the benefit of struggling New Jersey families,” said Schaer. “Helping families affected by the Great Recession must be among the highest priorities of the General Assembly. I remain concerned about Gov. Christie’s refusal to answer questions about his administration’s slow action in helping as many affected homeowners as possible.”
See the governor’s spat with Hoffer below…