Will New Storm Brew Over Hiring and Firing of Shore Rebuilding Contractor?

Matt Katz | January 24, 2014 | Politics, Sandy
Firm widely criticized for inefficiencies contributed to GOP governors, Christie re-election campaign

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Much of the Jersey Shore's infrastructure has been rebuilt following Hurricane Sandy. A $1.5 million federal grant for mental-health screening will help those still rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of the storm.
Rebuilding of the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has been touted as Gov. Chris Christie’s signature accomplishment in his first term.

But the administration recently fired — with no public announcement other than a posting on a state agency’s website — the biggest contractor hired by the state to coordinate a $780 million effort to get Sandy victims back in their homes.

Hammerman and Gainer, or HGI, won its $68 million contract last May shortly after its law firm made a $25,000 donation to the Republican Governors Association, which is now headed by Christie. It also contributed $1.7 million to his re-election campaign. The contractor’s law firm is based in New Jersey and is politically connected.

Reporter Matt Katz digs deeper into yet another potentially controversial matter involving Christie. Read the full story and listen to Katz’s report for WNYC/NJPR, partners of NJ Spotlight.