by Scott Gurian / NJ Spotlight
Simone Dannecker grew increasingly emotional as she described her predicament to state lawmakers. Sandy had caused thousands of dollars in damage to her home, and in the course of paying for repairs, she and her husband had fallen behind on their mortgage. After living in Union Beach for 43 years — her entire life — she was now battling her bank to avoid foreclosure.
State Assemblywoman Grace Spencer thanked Dannecker for her testimony and said she’d do her best to help. Sen. Bob Smith agreed. “Your story is a horror story, there’s no question about it,” he said. “We’re going to be forwarding this information to the appropriate parties and saying ‘why is the state not doing its job for you?’”
But as the lawmakers sat there at the Atlantic City Convention Center in August — the first of four hearings they’d hold on the Sandy recovery — the Christie administration officials most responsible for the storm recovery were nowhere to be seen.
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