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Poll: What Do You Think About Gov. Christie's Handling of Sandy so Far?

Gov. Chris Christie has ridden the Sandy disaster to victory and a second term in the November election and used it to bolster his image as take-charge sort of guy -- with a heart of gold -- on the national stage. But here in New Jersey, details are beginning to emerge about the Sandy recovery, and they raise questions.

For instance, our investigative story this week reveals that decision-making about Sandy fund allocations is chaotic and error-plagued at best. And the administration has kept a tight lid both on how decisions are made and on what decision have been made.

At a town hall meeting this week, the governor blamed the federal government for the slow pace of Sandy payouts. What's your opinion?

What do you think of Christie’s handling of Sandy so far?

  • He has done an admirable job. He really gets what a devastating event this was for New Jersey and has been a tireless booster and advocate. He’s ensured that we got the funding we need and he hasn’t let politics get in the way of the right decisions. The one thing we know is that Chris Christie cares.

  • Christie showed true leadership the week of the storm. People are still struggling but that’s to be expected when you have to deal with a federal bureaucracy as well as the devastation facing our municipalities. There are no easy answers and Christie shouldn’t be blamed for not solving these difficult issues.

  • It’s been mixed. While he projected strong, reasoned command of the situation the week of the storm, he hasn’t delivered on his promises. People are still suffering and waiting for money. Now he seems to be blaming the feds, which is an easy excuse. We need action not words.

  • The more time passes, the more it becomes clear that the Christie administration is fumbling the ball. People are demanding help and not getting it. He hasn’t called for any structural changes in the state -- such as looking at problems on a regional basis. And he is stonewalling when anyone asks tough questions. As NJ Spotlight’s story this week on Hazard Mitigation shows, the administration of Sandy funds have been handled incompetently, even if you don’t believe all the accusations against Christie.

  • Christie is a disgrace. He’s used Sandy as a way to prop up his popularity and later violated the public trust by playing politics with recovery money. First, he uses it to market himself in tourism ads across the country. Then he plays politics with the money by threatening officials that their towns will suffer if they don’t pay homage to him. Now, it seems like his administration isn’t even taking the process of allocations seriously. What will we find out next? How anyone on the Shore can support him is beyond my comprehension.

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