Sandy-damaged homes’ buyouts will occur, Christie says

MIDDLESEX – New Jersey will have money to buy out properties from willing sellers as the state rebuilds from Superstorm Sandy.

That was the response today from Gov. Chris Christie to a Sayreville woman whose Weber Avenue home was damaged by Sandy last year.

“The money is coming and we are going to be in Sayreville for the buyout,” Christie said. “I can guarantee you that.”

Christie said he hopes to get a response by the first week of April. He said that from personal visits to towns like Sayreville and South River, he sees that there’s “a real appetite” for property owners wanting the state buy out their homes.

Christie revealed last week the administration has asked the federal government for more than $200 million in funds to help buy out hopes in flood-prone areas, as part of the Blue Acres program.

The program has been depleted as the final cycle of funds has been awarded.

Sandy-damaged homes’ buyouts will occur, Christie says